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Washington Redskins

May 2, 2011
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1.22 Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

I can't complain here. The Skins are entering their final year with Pierre Garcon, and even then they could use additional weapons in the pass game. They also got a future pick from Houston to fall back one pick.

A-

2. 53 Su'a Cravens, LB/S, USC

Do I know what Cravens is? No. But he is a very fun and versatile player that will find his own package for the skins. He is good at a lot and not elite at really anything.

B+

3. 84 Kendall Fuller, CB, VT

Fuller isn't the best Fuller to come out, but he has a ton of talent and could be a huge steal here. At worst he is a nickle package pro.

B+


OVERALL GRADE: B+

Overall a better than usual draft for the Redskins. They addressed their receiver need-both instantly and for the future- and added two very good pieces defensively. I do think that the team is still very far away from competing, but they have three starters drafted early.


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1.5 Brandon Scherff, OL, Iowa

Do the Redskins plan to play Scherff at left tackle? If yes then I think they will come to regret the pick. If not then there is no reason to have picked him this early. Even in a bad draft you cannot take Scherff. He is likely going to find his spot at guard, but he may be a right tackle which just isn't worth the 5th overall pick.

With that said I do like that the team is trying to build on offense to try and support what they have in RG3, but they should have gone with an impact player this early.

C+

2.38 Preston Smith, DE/LB, Miss St

Can't complain here. Solid pass rusher and fair value. 

A-

3.95 Matt Jones, RB, Florida

Is he going to play FB? Matt Jones is a huge dude with some talent- but unfortunately he isn't what they need. This is also way early.

C-

4.105 Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke

4.112 Arie Kouandjio, OG, Alabama

5.141 Martrell Spaight, DE/LB, Arkansas

6.181 Kyshoen Jarrett, S, V-Tech

6.182 Tevin Mitchel, CB, Arkansas

6.187 Evan Spencer, WR, Ohio State

7.222 Austin Reiter, OC, USF


OVERALL GRADE: C-

Eh. I do like that they got a good deal of depth from a lot of bodies, and I especially like their 4th rounders. But they walk away with only two real starters, and I'm not in love with the 1st round pick making a real impact for them. 


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2.47 Trent Murphy, DE/LB, Stanford

I feel like this is a little bit early for him, and in terms of need they could have done better. Either way not a bad pick.

B-

3.66 Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

Phenomenal pick here. Moses could have gone in the first round to a team wanting a monster that can start in a few places.

A+

3.78 Spencer Long, OG, Nebraska

Bleh. He wasn't the best (or 2nd best) guard left, and while I think he could start I'm not impressed.

C

4.102 Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson

Breeland should never have fallen out of the top-100, but he was a quality player, and a great value here.

5.142 Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane

6.186 Lache Seastruck, RB, Baylor

Why not? You might not love Lache, but he was so dominating in space that he is more than worth the pick

7.217 Ted Bolser, TE, Indiana

7.228 Zach Hocker, K, Arkansas

OVERALL GRADE: C

I actually like a lot of the picks that the Redskins made, but I'm not sure that they got much better. Their best pick was Morgan Moses who should instantly make their OL better, but I don't know that walked away with a gamechanger that makes them any closer to competing.


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2.51 David Amerson, CB, NC State

I love this pick. Amerson is a ball hawk that just couldn't match his production from a few years ago. Some will say that it was a lack of focus, while I believe it was an improvement on teams scouting. Amerson isn't a top-10 pick, but he has a lot of potential to have a pro bowl caliber career either at corner or safety. He also fills their biggest of needs, but this may be a bit early.

 B

3.85 Jordan Reed, TE, Florida

I don't quite see it here. In a draft with other tight ends, I just don't get what the need was to jump on one with bigger needs out there. It also is another pick that went a little early.

C- 


4.19 Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State

I love this pick. Phillip Thomas is too good of a ball hawk to still be here, and he could easily be the day one starter.
 
5.154 Chris Thompson, RB, FSU

5.162 Brandon Jenkins, DE/LB, FSU


Watch out for Jenkins in a few years when he is a 10-sack a season guy.

6.191 Baccari Rambo, S, Georgia

Rambo is another guy that should not have been here.
 
7.228 Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers
 
OVERALL GRADE: A


I really like this draft. The team got value with all but two of their picks (Reed and Thompson), and they got incredible value with almost every one of their other picks. I see two instant starters with potentially five down the road.
 
 
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Picks

1.2 Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

I love RG3 and I think that he will have a better career than Luck, but I think the Skins gave up just a little bit too much to allow the team to compete with Griffin for awhile. They do have some talent though now which actually might let them take a big step forward.

B+

3.71: Josh LeRibeus, OG SMU

I don't mind the team going for some protection for their new weapon, but the team severely reached on a guy that probably would have been there in the 5th. There was better value out there, and the team could have traded back a little more and gotten value if they loved LeRibeus that much.

C-

4.102 Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State

Cousin's draft range is fine here, but why the hell would you draft another QB. The team is essentially getting an insurance option in case their new stud QB gets hurt or sucks. That's fine in the 7th round, but don't do it in the 4th round with so many other good guys on the board.

D

4.119 Keenan Robinson, LB, Texas

The Skins got a 6th rounder to move back a bit to grab Robinson who at worst is a great insurance option inside. Good pick.

B+

5.141 Addam Gettis, OG, Iowa

The team gets a guard that I think is actually better than their 3rd round pick. Look for Gettis to get some good playing time.

B

6.173 Alfred Morris, OT, FAU

There were a few better options on the board, but Morris is still and ok runner. I trust Shanny, but getting a big, slow runner that fumbles a lot scares me. 


B

6.193 Tom Compton, OT, South Dakota

This is a good value, it was a free pick, and it fills a need to help their two QB's.

A

7.213 Richard Crawford, CB, SMU

7.217 Jordan Bernsttine, CB, Iowa


OVERALL GRADE:  B+

I like most of the picks that the Skins made, and they got the QB that they really needed. The fact that they drafted a backup QB with so few picks (including no 1st rounder for two years) gives me the feeling that the Skins will always be a few young tools away from success.  

 

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Picks

1.16 Ryan Kerrigan, DE/LB, Purdue

The team had 307 needs going into the draft, so I loved them trading back here. I don't think this fixes the QB problem, but I can't hate a pass rush.

A-

2.41 Jarvis Jenkins, DE/DT, Clemson

I like the position addressed, but Jenkins went way too early to love this pick.

C+

3.79 Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami


Fantastic pick. The team really needed some receiver help for whichever QB starts, and Hankerson is a very good prospect that should have gone sooner.

A

4.105 Roy Helu, RB, Nebraska

I'm not going to give the spiel about Shanny picking runningbacks, because Helu went too early here.

C

5.146 Dejon Gomes, S, Nebraska

A good pick, but again it was a reach.

C+

5.155 Niles Paul, WR, Nebraska

Ok, what Husker broke into the draft room and said "overdraft three Huskers in a row!" Paul is an ok receiver, but is a tad early given the rest of the value, and three Huskers raises questions.

 C+


6.177 Evan Royster, RB, Penn State

Better pick than Helu and a much better value.

B+

6.178 Alderick Robinson, WR, SMU

I don't mind the team taking three receivers as much as others, but why no QB?

B- 


7.213 Brandyn Thompson, CB, Boise State

Adding CB depth does wonders for teams. Can't complain here.

B

7.217 Maurice Hurt, OT, Florida

Hurt isn't the best guy available, was he should add good depth on the team.

B+

7.224 Markus White, DE/LB, Florida State

More great depth at the end of the draft.

A

7.253 Chris Neild, NT, West Virginia

A final addition to the defense, and a backup plan if they cut Albert Haynesworth.

A

Draft Grade: C-

Remember a few years ago when the team had the best defense in the league and it just needed a few tools on offense to instantly be a great team. Well with a new coach came a 3-4 defense that ruined the existing defense and ruined the 100-million dollar man. The offense declined a ton with the new aging QB as well. So going into this draft where the team had few picks, no offense and no defense the team starts out by collecting picks. The team ended up with 12 picks, but maybe only three starters which is awful. The team is essentially destined now to have Rex Grossman lead the team to the Andrew Luck contest next year. There is no reason that with 12 picks in this draft that the team neglected a QB with every single one of them. 

NEW GRADE:  C+

I do still hate what the organization is doing. The team ruined the best defense in football while trying to change the nastiest inside pass rusher in the league. They then top it off by giving up on a potential top-10 QB. I can't give the team a good grade because they blatantly ignored the QB spot, but I do love the five skills guys they got to plug in on offense.  
 

Tennessee Titans

May 2, 2011
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1.8: Jack Conklin, OT/G, Michigan State

For everyone tracking it the Titans traded this pick from the Browns who got the pick from the Eagles who traded the pick from the Dolphins. That's right... 1 in 8 teams had this pick this year at one point!

As for the pick, I just don't get it. Tunsil was still available here (granted there were issues), and the Titans gave up too much to help upgrade their RT problem.

C

2.33 Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

Dodd is a good talent that went probably where he should have. He was really only a one year wonder, but he made the most of it.

B+

2.43 Austin Johnson, DT, UCLA

Johnson went about where he should have gone, but was not the best at his position to take.

B

2.45 Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

I will keep my opinions on Henry to a minimum (I see his career as T-Rich mixed with Mike Tolbert), but why? The team just traded for theoretically a top-10 running back in DeMarco, so why take Henry? There are plenty of powerful runners in this draft later.

C

3.64 Kevin Byard, S, Middle Tenn

Gross. Byard was the 12-15th best safety in the draft, and he was taken 64th. I like the pick... In the 5th round.

C

OVERALL GRADE: A

Do I like any of their picks in particular? No. Did they get that much better as a team? No. But they traded back from a spot they didn't need to be in to get a ton of ok talent. They also set up next year's draft perfectly by getting an extra 1st  and 3rd.

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1.2 Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

I have said it before and will always say it- but I would draft a quarterback (or two) a year until I found one. It is a league that depends so much on the position that you have to get one. The Texans constantly lose 2-5 games (even more) because they don't have one. The Bills won 2-5 more games last year with Kyle Orton running the show. Yeah... Kyle Orton! The team could not have thought that Mettenberger was the guy, and even if they did then he will beat at Mariota. 

It is interesting that the Titans reportedly "always knew they would take Mariota" because they shopped him to until the last minute with six different teams. With that attitude you wonder why they didn't take one of their ransoms. With that said a great pick.

A

2.40 Dorial Green-Beckham, WR

The Titans got two picks to fall back and gobble up this high potential receiver. I'm not sold that he is the gamechanger that should be paired, but it's hard to hate it here at 40.

B

3.66 Jeremiah Poutasi, OG, Utah

Overall solid pick. I think he could have gone a little later, but take him and be happy.

B

4.100 Angelo Blackson, DT, Auburn

4.108 Jalston Fowler, FB, Alabama

5.138 David Cobb, RB, Minnesota

6.177 Deiontrez Mount, LB, Louisville

6.208 Andy Gallik, OC, BC

7.245 Tre McBride, WR, William & Mary

How the hell was he still here? He is arguably a cleaner prospect than DGB.

OVERALL GRADE: B

The team gets a major upgrade at QB, a possible steal at WR, and a solid guard. Pepper in some depth and you have an ok draft. Not sexy, but they walk away better.




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1.11 Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

I really like this pick. If you pair Lewan with Chance Warmack you have a lethal left side. Mix that with a QB guru, and a few years and the Titans could be very nasty. Lewan was arguably the BPA also.

A

2.54 Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

Another solid pick. I didn't love any runner in this draft, but Sankey was a solid pick, especially in the middle of the 2nd.

B+

4.112 DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State

Great value here.

4.122 Marqueston Huff, S, Wyoming

Another good value.

5.151 Avery Williamson, LB, Kentucky

6.178 Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

OVERALL GRADE: B+

I really like this draft. The team go two impact starters in their first two picks on offense, three great depth guys on defense and a potential starting QB for the future. There wasn't a bad pick in the draft, they got good value with their picks, and they legitimately got better.


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1.10 Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

Warmack was the number one talent in the draft, and he will instantly improve the entire line for the team. But picking one in the top-10 is a luxury, even with the evolution of the game valuing defensive tackles. 

B-

2.34 Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee


Justin Hunter was the best value receiver in the draft, and I think teams will regret passing on him. He did have some drops due to a fear of getting hit, but he is an AJ Green clone (body not skillset) with too much potential. It did cost them a 3rd rounder next year, but they got a potential stud receiver to plug in for Jake Locker. 

B+

3.70 Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, UConn

How the hell was he the 2nd corner taken from UConn? Wreh-Wilson was maybe the 5th best corner in this draft, and should not have fallen this far. He is a steal and a half here.

A

3.97 Zavier Gooden, OLB,  Mizzou

It fills a need, and it is ok value (although I don't really value him this high personally)

B
 
4.107 Brian Schwenke, OC, California

Good solid pick here. This team is scary on the interior now.

5.142 Lavar Edwards, DE, LSU 


6.202 Khalid Wooten, CB, Nevada

7.248 Daimion Stafford, S, Nebraska


OVERALL GRADE: B

This is an up and down draft that has a lot of potential. The team completely has reshaped its offensive line to not only open up the gaps for CJ2K, but it will also give Jake Locker extra time in the pocket. I also was really impressed with the Justin Hunter pick and also the Blidi Wreh-Wilson pick as well. 2-4 starters with one impact player.

 


 
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1.20 Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

The Titans needed some depth at receiver, but very few had one mocked there. I would have much rather had the team take one of the stud offensive linemen that were left on the board, but I do like the pick overall.



2.52 Zach Brown, OLB, UNC

I have some mixed feelings on this pick, but overall it's not a bad one at all. The Titans needed some linebacker depth, and they ended up with a pretty good outside guy. He wasn't a top notch pick from value, but not bad at all.

B-

3.82 Mike Martin, DT, Michigan

Martin is a guy that could really do some damage for a decent defense like the Titans. He has a knack for getting through linemen, and he made a lot of Big Ten offensive lines look bad. 

B+

4.115 Coty Sensabaugh, CB, Clemson

Besides the fact that this was early for him, he is all potential when the team needs someone that can contribute right away.

C

5.110 Taylor Thompson, TE, SMU

I'm ok with this pick. The team needed some help at tight end, and Thompson is an ok enough value here.

B

6.190 Markelle Martin, S, OK State

I expected Martin to fall a little bit in the draft, but he is a steal here. He should be able to get some time in and contribute.

A

7.211 Scott Soloman, DE, Rice

Overall Grade: B

I liked how the Titans started the draft, and they may end up with three starters from the draft, but I feel like the team missed out on getting some much needed offensive line help for both CJ2K and for Jake Locker.





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 Picks

1.8 Jake Locker, QB, Washington

I always find it hard to hate a team that drafts the most important position on a team, but I have to here. I actually mocked Gabbert going after Locker in my final mock, so I don't hate a team for taking Locker's heart over his talent, but I never thought the Titans would draft Locker. Locker is Vince Young with more heart, but that will lose more games. He is a major project, and I'm not sold that the team will use him as one. For a team that is essentially a QB ready to win now, I don't know why they got a 1-2 year project with this pick.

C

2.39 Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA

Ayers has gotten burned from this pick because he is a much better fit for a 3-4, but he does have upside in the 4-3. In the 4-3 though he really doesn't have a great value even with this pick.

C  


3.77 Jurrell Casey, DT, USC

Casey is a guy that could have gone a tad earlier, and he does fill a need. 

B+

4.109 Colin McCarthy, MLB, Miami

Some think that this pick is a great value and a steal, but because of injury I had actually heard that McCarthy had been taken off a number of boards. Either way he could be a huge steal.

B+

4.130 Jamie Harper, RB, Clemson

Awful pick. Harper is maybe the most overrated runner I may have ever seen. If you take away two 40+ yard runs, Harper averaged 2.8 YPC this year. He had six games this year where he had fewer than 50 yards rushing, two games with less than 2 YPC in a game, and two games with less than 10 yards. I understand some potential, but he did nothing that deserved being drafted.

F

5.142 Karl Klug, Front-7, Iowa

I have no idea where Klug where end up in the league. He likely will be put at DE, but he might be able to fill the cracks just about anywhere in the front-7 if his size gets tweaked.

B

6.175 Byron Stingly, OT, Louisville

I like this pick. Late round depth that can help Locker.

B

7.212 Zach Clayton, DT, Auburn

More defensive line depth for a team that needs some.

B+

7.251 Tommie Campbell, S, Cal-PA

Talent with character issues. I don't care what issue a guy has with character in the very late 7th round.

B+
 
Draft Grade: B-

Here is another draft that has some potential despite me not loving the picks. The team addressed a lot of their needs, but the team is one that could contend right now with good QB play. They draft a project QB, so maybe the team is rebuilding. 
 
NEW GRADE: C

I think I gave the Titans a pass in my original grade because I had Locker before Gabbert in my final mock projection. But it just doesn't make the right sense. Locker is a less talented version of Vince Young, and the Titans cannot afford to have a project with Chris Johnson's Titans ready to win now. The team reached a ton, but addressed some needs, but I actually think they have hurt themselves with this draft.

 
 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

May 2, 2011
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1.11 Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

First off, I love that the Bucs got a little value to fall back. Hargreaves isn't a perfect prospect, but he is a fair prospect that was taken at good value. 

A-

2.39 Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky

Talentwise Spence is off the charts. He has some question marks, but in the 2nd round he was arguably the best player on the boards at the Buc's top need position.

A

2.59 Robert Aguayo, K, FSU

I Like kickers probably more than most, but not more than the Bucs apparently. Aguayo is arguably the best kicker prospect in 10 years- maybe longer- so I get the desire to get him, but the Bucs did not have to trade up for him to get him.

C


OVERALL GRADE:B+

I won't hate the kicker pick too much, because he is actually a great talent. The Bucs arguably got the best pure pass rusher in the draft, the best Kicker to come out in MANY years, and a very good corner. 

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1.1 Jameis Winston, QB, FSU

Ultimately this had to be the pick. Winston has a million concerns off the field that make you wonder if he will ever mature. But his on the field talent is great.

A

2.34 Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State

This is a little early for Smith, but you can't knock a team getting protection for their new QB. It also fills a great need.

B+

2.61 Ali Marpet, OG, Hobart

This is a tiny early for him and they traded up to get him, but I like the pick. The team gets another protector for their 1st overall pick and he will be able to plug in right away and contribute.

B+

4.124 Kwon Alexander, LB, LSU

5.162 Kenny Bell, WR, Nebraska

6.184 Kaelin Clay, WR, Utah

7.231 Joey Losefa, FB, Hawaii


OVERALL GRADE: B+

Hard to dislike this draft. The team gets the best QB prospect and two guys to protect him. Pepper in late round receiving depth and this team has a chance. 


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1.7 Mike Evans, WR, TAMU

Phenomenal pick. I don't think the Bucs will compete next year (think 8-8), but this is the perfect pick to plug in and prepare for the team to get a real QB in the future.

A

2.38 Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans and Austin Sefarian-Jenkins. Again, if the Bucs can find a real quarterback they could be a competitor very soon.

B+

3.69 Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia

Barf. First of all the Bucs have two or three guys that can run the rock very well. Second of all Sims was maybe the 3rd best runner left on the board. I love improving the offense, but why not help an offensive line that has some holes.

C

5.143 Kadeem Edwards, G, Tenn State

5.149 Kevin Pamphile, OT, Purdue

6.185 Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming

I have no idea why he was still here for the taking.

OVERALL GRADE: B

This is a tough one to grade. The team nailed down two awesome first picks, but fell off the rest of the way. Regardless the team got two new starters on offense, and added two new dimensions to build around.

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2.43 Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

I don't understand why Banks went after Darius Slay. It was the classic case of a good 2nd corner (slay) looking good while the other corner got ignored (Banks). I know that this isn't quite the right case, but it isn't too far off. Either way the Bucs get a great player that solidifies their passing defense. 

A

3.73 Mike Glennon, QB, NC State

Apparently the Bucs think that they are Super Bowl ready, because they have started to take luxury picks. Ignoring the fact that Bucs missed out on addressing much bigger needs, I hate this pick. Glennon is way too raw of a player to be taking when the team might need a guy to step in soon for Josh Freeman.

C

4.100 Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois

4.126 William Gholston, DE, MSU

5.147 Steven Means, OLB, Buffalo


6.189 Mike James, RB, Miami

OVERALL GRADE: B/D

I'm leaning on this being a bad draft. You have to factor in the fact that they got potentially the best corner in the draft from it which makes it a potential B. The first pick of Johnthan Banks was a great value, but the team followed that up by creating a potential QB controversy, and a bunch of other guys that likely won't make a splash. 

 

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1:7 Mark Barron, S, Alabama 

I don't mind the Bucs trading back a few picks to get a 4th rounder, but when you pass on the best corner of the draft (maybe your biggest need) to do so then you won't make me happy. The team still needs two solid/young corners.

C

1:31 Doug Martin, RB, Boise State

When the smoke cleared the Bucs moved back in the first two picks for a very late 4th rounder and the ability to move up to get Martin. I wasn't in love with the pick, and would have given it a B if the Giants didn't counter by reaching for a rusher. The Bucs had to trade up for Martin, and it ends up a great move.

A

2:52 Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska

It's sort of strange, but Lavonte David seems like a Buccaneers pick. The team had to swap a 4th rounder with a 7th to get him, but he was one of the best left on the board.

B+

5. Najee Goode, LB, West Virginia

Goode is a little early here, but he should be a solid special teams guy right away.

C+

6.174 Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia

Again it's a little bit early for a guy like Tandy, but he should be able to actually get a little playing time in that terrible backfield. 

B

7.212 Michael Smith, RB, Utah State

7.233 Drake Dunsmore, TE/FB, Northwestern


Overall Grade: C+

Overall the team got three starters which is great, but they lost out on their biggest need by trading down out of the potential Morris Claiborne pick. The team got Mark Barron who is great, and moving down helped them end up with Doug Martin, but I'm not sold. They would have been better with Claiborne and David Wilson in the 2nd than with Barron and Martin in my opinion. Had they gotten a corner on day two then it may have changed it a lot.


 
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 Picks

1.20 Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa

The team reportedly has loved Clayborn for months, but I don't quite think they watched the draft to see if he was really he best pick available. Turning your card in at the start of the draft can kill a team, and while I think Clayborn was a fine pick this time, it could have been interesting to see what happened if Robert Quinn or Ryan Kerrigan had fallen to them.

B

2.51 DaQuan Bowers, DE, Clemson

I think Bowers was bound to fall even before the knee injury because he just had too many questions on the field. With that said, getting him in the 2nd was a steal for the team, and the team needed two ends anyways.

A+

3.84 Mason Foster, OLB, Washington

Foster here was another steal, and he becomes the third possible starter for day one.

A

4.104 Luke Stocker, TE, Tennessee

This is one of those picks that you like the more you think about it. Stocker at worst becomes a top notch backup for Kellen Winslow Jr, and his value in the 4th is outstanding. But this move allows the team to possibly try to restructure (or cut loose) Winslow if they want to. Winslow is owed 8.3 million in 2011, and an average of 5.5 million for the next four seasons. He might be willing to restructure for a little less to stay on the blooming Bucs.

 A

5.151 Ahmad Black, S, Florida

Black should not have lasted this long, and he does help a general need,

B+

6.187 Allen Bradford, RB, USC

I'm ok with this move as long as it doesn't distract LaGarrette Blount from showing up this year. Definitely a good value though.

B+

7.222 Anthony Gaitor, CB, FIU

The team needed a young corner to plug in, but from most accounts the CB is the biggest need on the team.

B+

7.238 Daniel Hardy, TE, Idaho

I try not to hate 7th round picks, but Hardy doesn't fill a need much.

C-

Draft Grade:B+

I really do like this Bucs draft. They found three starters on defense, three or four guys that will see playing time. I don't know if this is "the draft" that will put the team over the top, but it is hard to complain about their draft strategy too much. I do really wish the team would have found some CB support because it seems that it will be an upcoming problem.

NEW GRADE: B+

I can see why a lot of people loved the Bucs draft, and I have to admit that I was one of them until I went back. I loved just about every pick the team made, and just about every pick was a great value. My problem however is that Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Cam Newton will have a field day throwing at the receiver that isn't being guarded by Ronde Barber. If the team can stay on track on offense, and if they can find a good back seven then they could be legit contenders.


 
 

L.A Rams

May 2, 2011
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1.1 Jared Goff, QB, Cal

A fine pick. The Rams got the cleanest QB in the draft, addressed their biggest need, and are one of the few teams that ended the day instantly better. Sure they had to trade away their future picks, but the Rams are instantly better, and could compete even without the picks in the next few years.


OVERALL GRADE: B

I am torn on what to grade this pick. The Rams addressed the one need that they have needed to address for way too long. The team has a brutally nasty defense, some talent at receiver, and a very good runningback. Hopefully Goff can instantly even out the offense and help the team sneak into the playoffs.

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1.10 Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia

The Rams took a beat up runningback with a bum knee at 10 when they have a decent guy from last year! But in a terrible draft pool like this and no player of value left over it makes a lot of sense here. Todd Gurley is the only player from this class that I think could be the best player in the league (at his position). If you can get him at 10 then great. Sure they could have reached on Ereck Flowers, but they got a great value. I love this pick, but if they counter it by not walking away with line and receiver depth the rest of the way then the team grade will be bad.

A

2.25 Rob Havenstein, OT, Wisconsin

This is way too early for him, but he is a mauling run blocker that will help Gurley move. The Rams also got a 3rd and 6th rounder to fall back which saves this pick.

C+

3.72 Jamon Brown, OG, Louisville

Another pick that is early, but it is hard to hate them helping their biggest need.

C-

3.89 Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State

This was a free pick so you can't hate it, but... eh. Mannion had a good pro day, and that is about it. They could have waited to make this pick and could have picked up extra help at receiver (or another 6th round offensive linemen)

C

4.119 Andrew Donnal, OT, Iowa

6.201 Bud Sasser, WR, Mizzoue

6.215 Cody Wichmann, OG, Fresno St

7.224 Bryce Hager, LB, Baylor

7.227 Martin Ifedi, DE, Memphis

OVERALL GRADE: B

It's hard to judge this team. The Rams are a very talented team, and they clearly got some guys that will make them better, but they took a ton of risks and poorly evaluated a lot of guys. It's hard to hate getting better though.




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1.2 Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

I won't hurt the Rams for taking Robinson, but I really don't understand his height. He played guard a year ago, is an elite run blocker in a passing league, and is very raw in pass protection. He really should have been in the middle of the draft. With that said he is an instant starter for the team, and outside of Sammy Watkins there wasn't an instant starter for them to take.

B

1.13 Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

Another guy that I don't quite love, I won't dock the team for the pick. He is a rushing monster with Geno Atkins potential.

B

2.41 Lamarcus Joyner, S, FSU

Good pick here. Rams needed safety help, and they got the best one left (and good value).

B+

3.75 Tre Mason, RB, Auburn

Anyone who doesn't like this pick is an idiot. The team has some guys, but they don't have a Tre Mason. He is a MJD kind of bowling ball that was unstoppable at times this last year. A steal in the mid 3rd.

A

4.110 Maurice Alexander, S, Utah State

6.188 EJ Gaines, CB, Mizzou

6.214 Garrett Gilbert, QB, SMU

7.226 Michael Van Dyk, OT, Portland State

7.241 C.B. Bryant, S, OSU

7.249 Michael Sam, DE, Mizzou

I'm not going into this pick. He is actually a good value at this pick, but anyone with that much media is going to get taken off of boards.

7.250 Demetrius Rhaney, C, Tennessee State

OVERALL GRADE: B-

I love this draft... for the Seahawks. The team did a good job of getting some great talent, and the team is better, but at the end of the day I don't think this team is any more of a playoff team than before the draft. The best pick was Tre Mason who can contribute, but the team ultimately got a right tackle and defensive line depth with two top-15 picks.


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1.8 Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

The Rams loved a guy and they jumped up to make sure that they got him. The pick cost them essentially a second and a seventh rounder to do so, but the team is getting a major threat and a huge upgrade.

A-

1.30 Alec Ogletree, MLB/OLB, Georgia

The Rams lost a 2nd rounder earlier, but they got a 3rd and a 6th back to move back. They are getting a guy that I mocked to them about 10 picks earlier, and while I think there were a couple better guys, they are getting a major threat in the center of their defense.

A

3.71 T.J. McDonald, S, USC

Well.... Well McDonald may have been the best defensive player for USC last year, but that isn't saying much. He has potential, but there were 5+ other guys better and safer than him on the board.

C
 
3.92 Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia

I think it is safe to say that Sam Bradford will be ok with this draft. I would love to see the Rams have one big nasty receiver, but they have a ton of awesome weapons now.

B

4.113 Barrett Jones, RT/OG/C

Great versatile depth here.
 
5.149 Brandon McGee, CB, Miami

5.160 Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt

OVERALL GRADE: A-

This is one of those drafts that I can get behind. I don't agree with every pick, and I do wish that they had gone after a runner, but this is a draft that helped the team on every part of the team. Two guys should splash immediately, and I see up to 5 starters.

 

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1:14 Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

When it is all said and done the Rams went from the 2nd overall pick to the 14th overall pick for two 2012 2nd round picks, a 2013 1st rounder and a 2014 1st rounder. Great move. In all reality I'm not in love with the Brockers pick, but the trade value for it all was amazing.

A

2:33 Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State

I really wish that there was a bigger trade market for the 1st pick in the 2nd round, but there just never seems to be a blockbuster trade that happens. With that said, I love that the team got a receiver for Bradford, but the Quick was about 4 receivers too early.

B-

2:39 Janoris Jenkins, CB, N. Alabama

Fisher got his Pac Man! Janoris Jenkins would have been the first corner off the board if he could behave. I hated him as a 1st round pick, but he is a steal here in the 2nd round, especially when you got him for trading with the Skins.

A

2: 50 Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati

The Rams picked up a 5th rounder to move down which definitely is awesome, but the team reached on Pead. Pead was at best the 6th best runner in the draft, and the team should have found away to keep trading down.

C+

3: 65 Trumaine Johnson, S, Montana

I marked Johnson down as a safety because he will likely end up there or as a nickel. He has good potential and is a good value here.


B+

4.96 Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest

A lot of people are treating this pick like Givens is guaranteed to splash, but those people probably thought that when the Rams drafted Mardy Gilyard with the 96th pick in 2010. I actually am happy with the Givens pick, but the team won't succeed until they get a real, solid option.

A

5.150 Rokevious Watkins, OG, South Carolina

I love that the team is getting some help, but this is a huge reach. Jeff Fisher hates drafting offensive lineman, which might explain why his teams never did well with pocket quarterbacks. This is one reason that I hated the Fisher hiring, because it might kill Sam Bradford.

C+

6.171 Greg Zuerlin, K, Missouri Western

I actually like drafting kickers, and Zuerlin sounds like an intriguing kicker to plug in.

B

7.209 Aaron Brown, OLB, Hawaii

7.252, Daryl Richardson, RB, Abiline Christian 


OVERALL GRADE: A-

This is the all-potential draft of the year. Brockers, Jenkins and Quick should all get starting time, but who knows if they will be as good as their potential. The team got ok depth throughout (except on their OL), but they did walk out with extra first round picks for awhile

 

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Picks

1.14 Robert Quinn, DE, UNC

Robert Quinn fell because he had one year of production in college and had some major character issues. After a year off he also didn't impress at the combine. With that said, this was the perfect pick for the Rams who had few picks sitting there for them.

A-

2.47 Lance Kendricks, TE, Wisconsin

There were so many wide receivers that fell to the team with this pick that I don't quite love the tight end pick, but it does fill a need and add a weapon.

B

3.78 Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State 
 
Pettis is a little bit of a reach here, but he is a huge asset for the team. Again, I'd rather the team went WR in the 2nd and TE here, but can't hate them for filling a big need.

 B

4.112 Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii

Another very good pick. The team needed a slot to add to the mix, and Salas is possibly the best in the draft. 

A

5.158 Jermale Hines, S, Ohio State

This is a bit of a reach for Hines, but it was a position that could use some support.

C+

7.216 Mikail Baker, CB, Baylor

A 7th round sleeper at corner. I say that because I've never heard of him.

C

7.228 Jabara Williams, OLB, Stephen A. Austin

A few friends in the community had Jabara as a huge sleeper, so a decent overall pick.

B

7.229 Jonathon Nelson, CB, Oklahoma

More good DB depth. No complaints here.

B+

Draft Grade: A-

 I really like this Rams draft class. The team really knows what is going on right now in the league. Last year the team got a franchise QB, and built some protection around him. This year the team made sure to find that quarterback weapons while adding some late round defensive depth. Next year I expect the team to unload on defense, but that's a different story. In a division where Derek Anderson, Charlie Whitehurst, and Alex Smith are the other current starters I think the Rams have the right idea.

NEW GRADE: A

The more that I look through the picks, the more I love the Ram's draft. The team did more than any other team in the division to improve, and could easily be coached to win the division this year. But they are setting themselves up to need just a few more tools to contend. The team needs just a few more tools to be a major contender and if you evaluate this draft as the second of the three, then you have to be very happy.

 

Seattle Seahawks

May 1, 2011
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1.31 Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M

For the first time in the long time, I have no huge complaint with the Seahawk's first pick. Ifedi is a tiny bit early given the talent on the board, but not enough to feel back drafting him. He fills a need and has good experience.

A-

2.49 Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

If the Seahawks had taken Reed at the end of the first it would have been an A grade. 

A+++

3.94 Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State

No arguments here. Jimmy Graham doesn't care, and the team needs extra options.

B

3.97 Rees Odhiambo, OT, Boise State

I guess it is a free pick- but that's about all that I love. He was taken about 40 picks too early, but he does fill a need.

OVERALL GRADE: A-

For the first time in a long time I really liked the Seahawks draft. They nailed two very good picks in the trenches early, and then got fair draft after.

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2.63 Frank Clark, DE, Michigan

Barf. You can flip through previous drafts from the Seahawks and it won't take long to realize that I hate most of their picks. The Russell Wilson description is particularly great (although I am still not sold on him).

But they reach on guys that often have issues. Frank Clark is maybe the 163rd best prospect in the draft. Not the 63rd. 

F

3.69 Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State

There is a better pick. He is arguably the best receiver of fit let for them, and helps add weapons. But the Seahawks gave up a 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th rounder to move up. 

D+

4.130 Terry Poole, OG, SD ST

4.134 Mark Glowinski, OG, West Virginia

5.170 Tye Smith, CB, Towson

6.209 Obum Gwacham, DE, Oregon St

6.214 Kristjan Sokoli, DT, Buffalo

7.31 Ryan Murphy, DB, Oregon State

OVERALL GRADE: C+

Barf. As a draft the team walked away with a better return guy. Luckily they ended up with a bargain for Jimmy Graham which clearly makes them better.




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2.45 Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

The pick is just fine, but I kind of had hopes that this pick would help to restock some of the defensive linemen that they lost. 

B

2.64 Justin Britt, OT, Mizzou

Barf. If Britt didn't play a position that is coveted he may not have been drafted. He wasn't a 4th round pick, let alone a 2nd rounder. I'm sure that he will be a pro bowler now that I hated on him.

D

4.108 Cassius Marsh, DE, UCLA

4.123 Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama

4.132 Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB, BC

5.172 Jimmy Staten, DT, Middle Tennessee

6.199 Garrett Scott, OT, Marshall

6.208 Eric Pinkins, S, SD State

7.227 Kiero Small, RB, Arkansas


OVERALL GRADE: C-

I know that since I gave them a C- grade that there will be four future hall of famers on this list. Unfortunately though I really hate this draft. They had nine picks, none of which may ever start. They didn't get great value from any of the picks, and they aren't really any better.

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2.62 Christine Michael, RB, TAMU

I have started to hate grading the Seahawks because looking at the draft they don't understand value. They don't understand drafting for need, and they pick players to prove that they are 'right.' They are essentially the 2002-2012 Raiders if they got lucky. Sure you can point out Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson, but they didn't see all-pros in them when drafting them.

This pick is just the same. They don't need a running back, and it was a littler early, but I'm sure he will have 10 touchdowns next year.

C+
 
3.87 Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State
 
Hill went about 70 picks too soon with this pick, and he doesn't really fit in perfectly anywhere.

D

4.123 Chris Harper, WR, KSU

5.137 Jesse Williams, NT, Alabama


Despite injuries Williams should have gone much sooner than this.

5.138 Tharold Simon, CB, LSU

5.158 Luke Willson, TE, Rice

6.194 Spencer Ware, RB, LSU

7.220 Ryan Seymour, G, Vandy

7.231 Ty Powell, LB, Harding

7.241 Jared Smith, DT, New Hampshire

7.242 Michael Bowie, OT, Northeastern State

OVERALL GRADE: C-

I mentioned it earlier, but the more I hate the Seahawks drafting the better their drafts luck out. But I hate this draft. The team had 11 picks, and none of them really made a splash. This team needed quality over quantity, and they came nowhere close to delivering.

 
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1:15 Bruce Irvin, DE (LB), West Virginia

First off, I like that the Seahawks were able to trade back and get a 4th and a 6th rounder from the Eagles. With that said the Seahawks are STUPID. The team took a guy that most thought at best might sneak into the first round. He is a troublesome guy off the field, and he is a pure athlete that was maybe the 8th best pass rusher in the draft. The team could have taken anything (maybe a similar trade that the Pats gave) to move back and make this a just ok pick. But taking him as the first pass rusher in the draft was dumb. Even if he comes out and becomes a sack specialist this pick wouldn't be a great one because of the bad value.

D

2:47 Bobby Wagner, MLB, Utah State

The Seahawks got a 5th and a 7th to move back a few spots, so that's awesome. A lot of people hate this pick, and while it is a slight reach, it isn't as bad as the Bruce Irvin pick. I don't love it, but I don't hate it.

B

3.75 Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin

Russell Wilson is a 5'10 athletic quarterback with a lot of potential. He got beat out in college and quit the sport for baseball. He then failed at baseball and went on to 'revive' himself. Could he become a starter down the road? Sure, but I just don't trust him as a long term option. I just don't get what he adds to a team that needs a lot of help when they already have Tavaris Jackson and Matt Flynn. 

C-

4.106 Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State

I like this pick actually. Turbin is a solid rusher that can take some pressure off of captain Skittles and keep him healthy. Turbin doesn't have the upside to do everything, but he is actually a solid 4th round pick.

B+

4.114 Jaye Howard, DT, Florida

I like the Seahawks going after some DL help, but Howard was a reach here. There were better options that they could have gone with, and I'm not sure what Howard did to impress the Seahawks who didn't look at too many SEC type guys.

C

5.154 Korey Toomer, LB, Idaho

Another guy that is a bit early, but adds good depth to the team. 

C

6.172 Jeremy Lane, CB, Northwestern State

6.181 Winston Guy, S, Kentucky

7.225 J.R Sweezy, DT, NC State

7.232 Greg Scruggs, DT, Louisville


OVERALL GRADE: C-

I'm not sure why anyone would like this draft. The team reached on every single pick except one (Turbin), and they mostly got a bunch of situational guys that won't be able to do much next year. 


 
 

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Picks

1.25 James Carpenter, OT/G, Alabama

I do understand that the team wanted to fix their OL, but Carpenter was way wrong. Gabe Carimi and Derek Sherrod were much better picks at tackle, and there were two or three guys better at guard if the team wanted to fail that way. I don't want to hear "The Packers wanted Carpenter" because the Packers got the guy that should have gone here. Right idea, but a terrible value

C-

3.75 John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin

I again like the team going after OL here, but this is a classic example of a team fixing a problem the wrong way. More on that in the overall grade.

C+

4.99 K.J Wright, OLB, Mississippi State

The team got an ok value here, but unless the team wanted to play Wright at corner or DE I don't quite get it.

C+

4.107 Kris Durham, WR, Georgia

What? Durham wasn't one of my top-35 receivers, and he wasn't high to many people. He wasn't productive across from AJ Green which questions me, and he doesn't score touchdowns. Just like the Carpenter pick, I don't want hate mail about the Chiefs calling the team about Durham. If it were actually true, the Chiefs would have groomed him as a different player (because he likely would have been the WR4). The Seahawks would have groomed him for the Redzone or as a Mike Williams back up which is still too early for a 4th round pick on a team that has so many other needs.

This sort of "team called team" or "team X also looked at that guy in that round" jabber comes out, and is always over analyzed.

Fail

5.154 Richard Sherman, CB, Stanford

Can't complain here. The team needs DB depth badly and Sherman is a great value.

 A

5.156 Mark LeGree, S, Appalachian State

Another good pick. LeGree's value is fair here (other guys I would have gone with, but not far off).

B+

6.173 Byron Maxwell, CB, Clemson

Another pick not to complain much about. You wish the team had addressed the secondary earlier, but three very good picks in a row.

B

7.205 Pep Livingston, DE, LSU

I have tried to learn more about the Seattle LEO (or Elephant or a number of other names) defense this offseason, and it would make sense that Pep is a guy that fills the role there.

A

7.242 Malcolm Smith, OLB, USC

I'm not in love with the pick, but I try not to ding much on 7th rounders.

C+

Draft Grade: D

Every single year there seems to be a team or two that go out and draft offensive linemen early because the thought is that the crappy quarterback play and crappy run game is the offensive line's fault. This is the plan that I think the Seahawks used this year for the draft. Instead of finding a new QB to replace Hass, they are sticking with their guns on the Whitehurst experiment. That's fine (although I still don't get it or agree), but the team is also sticking with its awful crop of runners (take away one Marshawn play). Outside of that, the team reached on a tackle with their first pick, took luxury picks with their next three picks, and then focussed on needs at the end. It almost feels like the team wanted to draft as if they were an obvious playoff team, and not a team with a ton of needs. 


NEW GRADE: F+

The more that I have sat on the Seahawks draft the more that I dislike it. At best the team found two starters on their OL, but the team still has no quarterback, nobody good at RB (again you have to take the Marshawn playoff play as a glitch more than a rebirth), and a crop of ok receivers. The defense still has a few tools, but this draft did little to help them out. 

 

San Francisco 49ers

May 1, 2011
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1.7 DeForest Buckner, DE/DT, Oregon

I don't love the Buckner fit for this team (which is sad since he played in the 3-4 in college), but I just don't see the upside in him when he is set as a 34 DE. He does have great potential though and his value was there.

B

1.28 Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford

Huh? First of all I don't often condone trading up to take a guard, especially when it is in the 1st round, he costs three draft picks, and he isn't even the best guard available. The 49ers are not a good enough team to be making those kinds of moves. 

D-

3.Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State

No argument there. Redmond adds a good spice to the team, fills a need, and was a good value.

A


OVERALL GRADE: C+

So the team got three starters which helps, but I am not sold that they got the three best. But the 49ers went into the draft wanting certain guys regardless of their value, and it hurts them a little.


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1.17 Arik Armstead, DE/DT, Oregon

Armstead is a monster that fits the 49ers defense perfectly. Unfortunately he is a freak that will have to be dialed in carefully before he becomes a talent. This marriage between player and team was way too obvious though, and I feel like there were a few better impacts out there. Regardless they got the guy they wanted while picking up two day-3 picks to fall back a little bit.

B-

2.46 Jaquiski Tartt, S, Samford

He helps add some good depth and could be a steal, but it is a little early for him and there were other guys.

C+

3.79 Eli Harrold, DE/LB, Virginia

I don't know how he fell this far, but great pick. If they had taken him in the 1st I wouldn't have hated it.

A+

4.117 Blake Bell, TE, Oklahoma

4.126 Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina

4.132 DeAndre Smelter, WR, Georgia Tech

5.165 Bradley Pinion, P, Clemson

6.140 Ian Silberman, OG, BC

7.244 Trenton Brown, OG, Florida

7.254 Busta Anderson, TE, South Carolina

OVERALL GRADE: B

I don't love a lot of the picks that they made, but they did reload their empty defensive with three possible starters, and then got some depth later. 



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1.30 Jimmie Ward, S, NIU

This pick seemed very forced. Three other safeties went, and the 49ers wanted a safety here no matter what. Ward is a good talent, but has some injury history, and will be playing out of position a little bit. He might even have to play corner.

C+

2.57 Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

Another pick that seemed a little forced. Teams started a run on rushers, and so the 49ers had to get one. With that said, I don't hate it. Frank Gore is wearing out, and you cannot assume that Marcus Lattimore will be ready (or good) next year.

B-

3.70 Marcus Martin, OC, USC

Good pick. Martin is a great value here, and should be able to contribute on the team for awhile.

B+

3.77 Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin

Borland fell to where he should have gone, and he should be able to contribute. I don't see pro bowler, but a hard hitting and smart player is perfect for the team. At worst you have an elite special teamer.

B+

3.100 Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson

I think after his injury this is still a tad early for him, but the 49ers are getting a PUP list/IR guy that could be an elite player in 2015.

4.106 Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina

Awesome value. Best player on the board, and fills a huge need.

4.129 Dontae Johnson, CB, NC State

5.150 Aaron Lynch, DE/LB, USF

5.170 Keith Reaser, CB, FAU

6.180 Kenneth Acker, CB, SMU

7.243 Kaleb Ramsey, DT, BC

7.245 Trey Millard, FB, Oklahoma


OVERALL GRADE: B+

Phew. 12 picks from the 49ers. I like this draft because they walked away with five guys that will contribute next year, and up to seven starters from the bunch in the future. They hit some needs, added good depth, and got good value on a lot of the guys.





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1.18 Eric Reid, S, LSU

I don't love the pick, but they only gave up a 3rd rounder to move up and get a guy that they love. It is a pick that fills a need too.

B+

2.40 Tank Carradine, DE/DT/LB, FSU

I'm not quite sure where they will put Carradine, but I love the value here. He should have been a first round pick, and he is a great value here.

A

2.55 Vance McDonald, TE, Rice

I was high on McDonald as a sleeper... not as a 2nd rounder. Great pick, but they didn't have to move up to get him.

C

3.88 Corey Lemonier, DE/LB Auburn

This is a good value on Lemonier who could have gone in the middle of the 2nd round. Sure the team might be loading up on pass rushers, but last I checked it was a luxury that many great teams follow. I hope that they bolster their defensive backs a little more though.

B+
 
4.128 Quinton Patton, WR, LA Tech

It was just stupid that Patton was still there for them.

4.131 Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina

I'm glad the kid got drafted. With that said, he was a fair value here given his potential v injury risk.

5.157 Quinton Dial, DE/DT, Alabama

6.180 Nick Moody, LB, FSU

7.237 B.J. Daniels, QB, USF

7.246 Carter Bykowski, OT, Iowa State

7.252 Marcus Cooper, CB, Rutgers



OVERALL GRADE: B

I don't hate this draft like I hate the Seahawks draft, because this one had some good value guys that will play. I see one stater and four other guys that will get good playing time. I do wish that they could have parlayed some of the picks into better value, but it was an ok draft.

 
 
 
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1:30 AJ Jenkins, WR, Illinois

Wow. The 49ers could have taken about 40 other guys and gotten a better value with the pick. Hell, there may be 10 other receivers better than Jenkins (who was a late 2nd rounder at best). The team gave Alex Smith a threat to compete for a starting spot with Crabtree, Moss and Manningham, and at best he will be receiving wicked 13 yard deep bombs from Alex F***ING smith.

F

2: 61 LaMichael James, RB, Oregon

I absolutely nailed this one and have had LaMichael going there for 3 months now. As I said in my mock "Harbaugh's last collegiate loss was to Oregon in 2012 when LaMichael James ran 257 yards and three scores. He is the perfect change of pace for the team."



4.117 Joe Looney, OG, Wake Forest

I like that the team got some guard help, but they reached a bit for Looney here when other guys were out there.

B-
 
5.165: Darius Fleming, DE/LB, Notre Dame

6.180 Trent Robinson, S, Michigan State

6.199 Jason Slowey, C, Western Oregon

7.237 Cam Johnson, DE/DT/LB, Virginia


I'm not sold that Johnson is a perfect fit for the team, but they got a guy that very well could have gone in the 3rd or 4th according to talent.

A-

 
OVERALL GRADE: C+

One thing I liked about the 49ers draft was that they moved around and ended up with a 3rd and a 5th rounder in 2013. With that said, I don't love the draft outside of the LaMichael James pick. I don't care how many OLmen, runners and receivers you add for Alex Smith, because at the end of the day he won't know what to do with it all. He has Randy Moss in his crew which is great, but do we really want to see him throw a deep 14-yard checkdown to Moss and AJ Jenkins. 

The team reached on value, and got maybe a single starter from the draft.



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 Picks

1.7 Aldon Smith, DE/LB, Missouri

The team needed a new pass rusher and Smith was very high on some teams boards. It was also obvious that Robert Quinn, Blaine Gabbert and Prince Amukumara were overrated a little bit by the major media sources.

B+

2.36 Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada

I personally didn't believe that Kaepernick was a top-40 pick, but the team needed a quarterback, and got a very good project. The team also only spend a 2nd round pick for him so he doesn't have to be the 'face of the franchise' like Locker, Ponder, Gabbert and Newton.

 B+

3.80 Chris Culliver, CB, South Carolina

Culliver was a 5th rounder by most reports, so this is a reach, but the team has needed a corner for awhile.

C+

4.115 Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State

It seems like every year the team drafts a guy to support Frank Gore, and every year I am happy for the pick.

B+

5.163 Daniel Kilgore, OG, Appalachian State

It is hard to criticize a team for adding offensive OL depth late in a draft, but it could have been a better value.

B-

6.182 Ronald Johnson, WR, USC

The team needed some weapons on offense and getting someone that I thought could go in round 4 here is a good value.

A

6.190 Colin Jones, S, TCU

I think the team could have found a pure safety a little bit earlier, and I think there were other talents out there, but an ok pick nonetheless. 

C+

7.211 Bruce Miller, DE/LB, UCF

Miller is too small to play in the NFL. He was also too small to play in college, and did nothing but prove people wrong. I love prospects like this, and I hope he becomes a star.

A

7.239 Mike Person, OT, Montana State

Very late draft offensive line depth is something to love.

B+

7.250 Curtis Holcomb, CB, FAMU

Last year the 49ers signed UDFA LeRoy Vann (although I believe he was later released) from FAMU, and the team might really like what they are seeing from the program.


B

Draft Grade: B

Overall I really like that the team touched on high potential guys that also fit team needs. I'm not sure that any of their picks will end up as starters in 2011, but if the team thinks that it is a year from competing that this is a top notch draft.

NEW GRADE: C+

The team addressed a couple of their biggest needs, but did they really get better? The team picked a QB in the 2nd round, but was it a way for them to touch on it without committing to a 1st round guy? Could Colin Kaepernick be the next Jimmy Clausen? Who knows. The team added a few pieces, but I still am not sold that they found a starter for 2011.

 
 
 

San Diego Chargers

May 1, 2011
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1.3 Joey Bosa, DE/LB, Ohio State

I usually am 100% on board for teams taking pass rushers, but I just have a hard time with this pick. It almost feels like the Chargers heard rumors about the Jags and Cowboys liking Bosa, so they took him. I can't hate pass rushers though.

B

2.35 Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas

I'm torn on this pick. The Chargers need another TE for the future, but I think they would have been better off finding a guy a few rounds later and selecting one of the MANY studs that were available.

C

3.66 Max Tuerk, C, USC

Can't complain about this pick. Tuerk maybe is a little early to go here, but he fits a huge need and has good upside.

B

OVERALL GRADE: C+

Like many other teams the Chargers found 2-3 starters in this draft, but they did it so strangely. Bosa doesn't fit this defense, and I just don't see the upside for him to be able to. Hunter Henry is talented, but he really only matters two years from now when the Charger's window is starting to close.



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1.15 Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin

I don't love (but do like) Gordon in this draft, but he was the biggest team need and he instantly becomes a good weapon. I'm not sold that they had to burn two late picks to move up for him, but it isn't worth docking for them to guarantee their guy.

B

2.48 Denzel Perryman, MLB, Miami

Perryman is a steal here as the 4th MLB off the board. He should have gone about 10 picks earlier and fills a good need.

A

3.83 Craig Mager, CB, Texas St

I think this is early for him because he is a major project, but he could be a fun special teams guy that could work his way into a starting gig.

C+

5.153 Kyle Emanuel, LB, ND State

6.192 Darius Philon, DE/DT, Arkansas

OVERALL GRADE: B-

Overall just ok. The team got clearly better by upgrading their run game, but they got maybe one other guy who will contribute much.

 
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1.25 Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

I don't know of many people that don't like what they see from Verrett, and he does fill a huge need. But he is small. He doesn't play as small, but he truly is very short, and very thin. If he can stay healthy, I think some big receivers will outmatch him. He might be the best 5'9 corner in the world, but unfortunately there aren't many 5'9 corners that can start.

B-

2.50 Jeremy Attaochu, DE/LB, Georgia Tech

I actually had a feeling that Attaochu would of been their 1st round pick. He is a sneaky pass rusher, and a guy with a lot of potential.

B+

3.89 Chris Watt, OG, Notre Dame

Eh. There were a few other guards with better value out there, and Watt just isn't a wowing threat. I think he can start, but I don't think he will ever be great.

C

5.165 Ryan Carrethers, DE/DT, Arkansas State

6.201 Marion Grice, RB, AZ State

7.240 Tevin Reese, WR, Baylor



OVERALL GRADE: B

I can't complain too much here. The team got two or three starters, with some good depth at the end. All of the guys that they drafted have issues, but that isn't uncommon among them.


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1.11 D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

The Chargers need a lot of help on their offensive line, and Fluker was the last guy worth picking early as a sure thing tackle. It is a little early for Fluker, but he fills a huge need.

B-

2.38 Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

The Chargers are getting a steal of a player, and they probably had to lose a pick to get him, but I just don't know if this was the team he needed. Either way, I think it was great pick.

B+

3.76 Keenan Allen, WR, California

Wow. Keenan Allen could have been a great value at the end of the first, and he is a steal and a half in the 3rd. Think Anquan Boldin with a few more basic question marks.

A+

5.145 Steve Williams, CB, Cal

6.179 Tourek Williams, DE, FIU

7.221 Brad Sorensen, QB, S. Utah

OVERALL GRADE: C+

I do not like this draft as much as anyone else does. The team did land a great receiver in Keenan Allen, but they drafted a right tackle 11th overall, and a media whored MLB in the 2nd. They may have 3 starters out of it, but not the starters they needed.

 
 

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1:18 Melvin Ingram, DE/LB, So. Carolina

I actually have to give it up the Chargers. The team too often reaches on talent, but they got a steal here. I think an offensive linemen would have been better for the team overall, but other than that they got the best possible pick here.

A

2.49 Kendall Reyes, DE/DT, UConn

This is a classic Charger pick. They slightly reached on a guy when there were other guys out there to find their steal. Not a terrible pick, but not great.

B-

3.73 Brandon Taylor, S, LSU

The Chargers gave a 5th rounder to move up a bit here, but it wasn't a bad move at all. The team got arguably the 2nd or 3rd best safety in the draft, and he was a good value where he went.

B

4.110 Ladarius Green, TE, LA-Laff

Another solid pick here. Green is a poor mans Gates, and he is a guy that can really do some damage in the future.

B+

5.114 Johnnie Troutman, OG, Penn State

7.226 David Molk, C, Michigan

7.250 Edwin Baker, RB, Michigan State


 
OVERALL GRADE: A-

This is one of the best Chargers drafts that I remember in recent memory. They got 3-4 guys that could start next year including one impact guy in Melvin Ingram. They got a potential future stud at TE who will at worst be there in case of injury next year, and then ended with some very good depth on the offensive line. I wish the team would build a little more on offense, but not a bad draft at all.


 
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 Picks

 1.18 Corey Liuget, DE/DT, Illinois

A lot of people didn't see Liuget going to a 3-4 team because of his height, but he really did visit with a lot of 3-4 teams. I personally didn't see him as a 3-4 end because the value to take him wasn't worth it and going after other guys (like a Cam Jordan) would have been better.

 B-

2.50 Marcus Gilchrist, CB/S, Clemson


Another strange pick. The team needed another corner, but my many accounts Gilchrist can't even fit in well enough to play nickel, and is rather a safety. I'm not buying the "special teams help" as a reason to reach here either.

C

2.61 Jonas Mouton, LB, Michigan

And the worst overall pick in the draft was? This pick makes me wonder if Al Davis made the pick because he heard the Bears wanted to reach on this 6th or 7th round prospect in a couple of picks. You don't take a special teams player in the 2nd round.


Millen

3.82 Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State

I can't complain too much about this pick, although I do think there were better receivers out there. Also a slight reach.

B+

3.89 Shareece Wright, CB, USC

Well there is the nickel corner. So why Marcus Gilchrist? Also another slight reach.

B

6.183 Jordan Todman, RB, UConn

And the best pick for the team was? The team probably could have taken Todman in the 2nd and Mouton here and the draft would makes some sense.

A+

6.201 Steve Schilling, OG, Michigan

Another great pick for the team. Maybe the team should have just traded all their picks for a bunch of day 3 picks.

A

7.324 Andrew Gachkar, LB, Missouri

Another reach, but for a 7th round pick it's hard to complain too much.

B-

Draft Grade: C+

The team reached on essentially every single pick they made, and they overvalued special teams talents and it showed. But given the fact that the team did touch on a lot of their needs, I can't throw away this draft completely. I would hate being the defensive coordinator because nearly every single pick needs to be coached up.   
 


NEW GRADE: D

It isn't often that I see a draft this interestingly bad. The team reached on nearly every single pick, they focused on positions of need, but the team didn't do much to help out Phillip Rivers. I see maybe one starter from the pack, and while they found some depth, I still have no idea why this organization hasn't been given the kick in the butt that they have needed for years.




  

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

May 1, 2011
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1.25 Artie Burns, CB, Miami

I'm not sure what to say about this one. This was arguably the biggest 1st round reach for the Steelers in many years, but they nailed their biggest need, they broke a 'draft drought' and Burns is only a slight reach here.

B-

2.58 Sean Davis, S, Maryland

This is early for Davis, but he fits a need, and does have some very good talent.

C+

3.89 Javon Hargrave, DT, SC State

Hargrave was the top small school defensive player in the draft, and he does add some good youth to the team.

B+

OVERALL GRADE:C+

The Steelers have built championship quality teams by sitting back and letting the best players fall to them. That wasn't the case this year. They reached at corner in the 1st round, and then did the same at safety in the 2nd. The team did however improve by hitting on some needs.



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1.22 Bud Dupree, DE/LB, Kentucky

Bud Dupree was completely overrated which is why he seems like a 'steal' here. He is arguably the best player on the board and he does fit a need, but this makes three straight years with them taking a pass rusher. It is very important, but this defense has too many holes to stick completely to the BPA method. If they grab some backfield help in day 2 then it makes this pick that much better.

B-

2.56 Senquez Golson, CB, Mississippi

If Golson was 5 inches taller he would have been a top-10 pick. But then again that's the same pile of crap they say about Russell Wilson. Golson is actually a very good corner with some huge skills, but his size will be a factor against some receivers.

B

3.83 Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn

I like the pick for value here, but I assumed that Wheaton and Bryant would have a handle on the WR2 &3 spots. Either way not a bad pick for the potential from Coates.

B

4.121 Doran Grant,CB Ohio State

5.160 Jesse James, TE, Penn St

6.199 Leterrius Walton, DE/DT, CM

6.212 Anthony Chickillo, DE/LB, Miami

7.239 Gerod Holliman, S, Louisville

OVERALL GRADE: A-

Overall a very good draft. I don't love the Bud Dupree pick, but you don't hate on teams that take pass rushers. Add in two good values on day two and some late round steals and you make up a good draft class.




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1.15 Ryan Shazier, LB, OSU

I get it, but I don't get it. Shazier can possibly be a pass rusher given his speed, or he could slide into the middle, but the there were better players out there that fit bigger needs.

C+

2.46 Stephon Tuitt, DE/DT, Notre Dame

The value is there, but it is another eh pick. This would be a great pick for the Seahawks, but I just don't see how this gets the team in a place to win soon.

B-

3.97 Dri Archer, RB, Kent State

Another eh. I like Archer, and the value is fine here, but the Steelers shouldn't be taking luxury guys that would be 10 touches a game. 

4.118 Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson

Awesome pick. Bryant might end up being better than Sammy Watkins when it is said and done.

5.157 Shaq Richardson, CB, Arizona

5.173 Wesley Johnson, C, Vanderbilt

6.192 Jordan Zumwalt, LB, UCLA

6.215 Dan McCullers, DT, Tennesee

7.230 Rob Branchflower, TE, UMass



OVERALL GRADE: C

Most of the time the Steelers get a great grade from me because they take someone that fell way too far into their laps, and usually that guy fills a fair need. This year wasn't so much. They got defensive depth that doesn't fit a lot of spots, and a luxury playmaker.

It almost feels like the Steelers have it in their mind that they were picking 30th this year, because they took value guys that can contribute, rather than fill the need at corner and receiver.


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1.16 Jarvis Jones, DE/LB, Georgia

Without fail the Steelers do it again. They don't have to move and they have a stud fall right in their laps. Jones is the best pass rusher in the draft according to his game tape, and he is a great value here.

A

2.48 Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State

I'm a little Biased because Bell is my favorite runner in the draft, but I like the pick. He is a hard nosed runner that instantly adds an element that has been missing for awhile. Start drafting him for your fantasy team now.

B

3.79 Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State

I don't love Wheaton, but he fills a need and is in good value.

B+
 
4.111 Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse

4.115 Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma


5.150 Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois

6.186 Justin Brown, WR, Oklahoma

6.206 Vince Williams, LB, FSU

7.233 Nicholas Williams, DT, Samford


OVERALL GRADE: A

When a team that is already pretty good gets quite a bit better then it is hard to complain. They got potentially four starters, and they have improved on both sides of the ball.

 

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1.24 David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

DeCastro arguably is the best guard prospect to come out in the last ten years, and somehow he fell in the draft to a team that will be perfect for him. The Steelers fill a big need, make their offense better in every way, and got the best player on the board. Best pick of the draft so far without a doubt.

A+++

2.56 Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

Before his positive test Mike Adams was a top-25 pick. So for the Steelers to sit back and get him and all of his potential at 56 was fantastic. He is a risk off the field, and he is actually a guy that is raw on the field, but the Steelers stole him here.

A

3.86 Sean Spence, LB, Miami

I was hoping that the Steelers would snatch up another steal, but they instead slightly reached on a guy that doesn't really fit their scheme that well. 

C
 
4.109 Alameda Ta'Amu, NT, Washington

If Ta'Amu had been taken in the 2nd or the 3rd round then few would have complained, so to get him in the 4th round is robbery. Luckily the Steelers did a lot of that in this draft.

A

5.159 Chris Rainey, SPEC, Florida

To call Rainey a running back doesn't do justice. He can run in space, can receive the ball, and do some returns. But why I love Rainey is because he blocked six punts/kicks in college which is an elite asset for a team. 


A

7.231 Toney Clemons, WR, Colorado

7.240 David Paulson, TE, Oregon

7.246 Terrence Frederick, CB, TAMU

7.248 Kelvin Beachum, OG, SMU


OVERALL GRADE:  A+


This is how teams are supposed to draft. The Steelers three biggest needs in the draft were at tackle, guard and nose tackle. They sat back and had the best guard in maybe the last ten years to come out fall right to them, They then sat back again and had a first round quality tackle fall to them in the 2nd. And then in the 4th round they did it once again and ended up with a nosetackle that they could have gotten in the 2nd or 3rd without question. Add in extra quality depth of need and you have one of the best drafts on paper that I've ever seen.
 


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Picks

1.31 Cameron Heyward, DE/DT, Ohio State

I have never been in love with Heyward, but he (like a commenter mentioned after the 1st round) was possibly the last top 3-4 end in the draft.

B+

2.63 Marcus Gilbert, OT, Florida

Another guy I didn't love, but his value and need are both great here. Gilbert could also play guard too.

B+

3.95 Curtis Brown, CB, Texas

I actually would have given Curtis Brown a B+ grade if he had been taken with the 63rd overall pick, so to steal him at the end of round three was great.

A+

4.128 Cortez Allen, CB, The Citadel

This may have been a slight reach, but the team either grabbing a nickel or a backup plan for Curtis Brown is a good idea.

B+

5.162 Chris Carter, DE/LB, Fresno State

Wow. Carter is a guy many thought would go in the 2nd round based on potential, so for the team to steal him with here is bad for the other 31 teams.

A++

 
5.196 Keith Williams, OG, Nebraska

I think some fans would have rather had the team go after a pure guard a little earlier, but great to address it here.

B+

7.232 Baron Batch, RB, Texas Tech

Rushing depth here is plenty good.

B

Draft Grade: A

What a great draft. The team touched essentially on their three biggest needs with their first four picks, got a major steal with Chris Carter and finished up with some extra depth. 

NEW GRADE: A+

The Steelers needed a ton of corner depth, a defensive end, and some OL depth. They knocked it out of the park with their first four picks, and I really think we could hear the "how did Chris Carter fall to the 5th round" speech from the media in a few years. Sure there are a few more tools the team could add, but the team that lost the Super Bowl is so much better after this draft. 

 

Philadelphia Eagles

May 1, 2011
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1.2 Carson Wentz, QB, ND State

I can't hate a team for going after a QB, but this is very close. The team now has approximately 30-million in contracts to three different quarterbacks- one of which never should have been given a huge 2-year deal-

The Eagles are also a team that has very little talent around, they traded three starters away, and could be in line to be the worst team in football this year.

3.79 Issac Seumalo, C/G, Oregon State

This is a touch early for Seumalo, but he fills a huge need and is versatile.

B

OVERALL GRADE: D

I have really hated this offseason for the Eagles. They fired their coach too early. Chip Kelly made some strange moves, but he won 4 or 5 more games than they should have because of him. The Eagles fired Chip, traded away huge amounts of guaranteed money (that they will have to pay), and overall might have the 2nd worst roster in football. They then overspent on two QB's before trading away precious picks for another QB.


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1.20 Nelson Agholor, WR, USC

Agholor is a fine player, but I absolutely hate this pick. He isn't the 4th best receiver in this draft, and he isn't worth the 20th pick. He will do fine in Chip Kelly's offense, but Chip Kelly's advantage is taking scraps and turning it into gold. He should have focused on getting help on defense with one of about 10 guys here, and grabbing offensive projects later. 

2.47 Eric Rowe, CB/S, Utah

The Eagles desperately needed to get some impact starters on defense in this draft and Rowe could be one. The Eagles pissed away two 5th rounders (did get a 6th back) to do so, but that isn't necessarily an issue.

B+

3.84 Jordan Hicks, LB, Texas

This is a little early for Hicks, but when healthy he is a fun guy to watch. 

C+

6.191 JaCorey Shepherd, CB, Kansas

6.196 Randall Evans, CB, K-State

7.237 Brian Mihalik, DE, BC


OVERALL GRADE: C

On one side of it the team got 2-3 starters which is a definite plus. But the team made 300 moves this offseason and didn't really come away much different. It bothers me that Chip would take a receiver so early when he is such a good offensive coach.






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1.26 Marcus Smith, DE/LB, Louisville

Casual fans didn't see this coming, but Smith's ability to rush the passer had him as a top-40 prospect. He is raw, but he is the kind of guy that could develop into a monster. He was definitely early given the number of other edge rushers left, but it wasn't bad.

B-

2.42 Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

I have a little bias on this pick because I think Matthews was one of the five best receivers in the draft, but I like the pick. He fills a need, he is a scary target for Chip Kelly to develop (huge body, good speed, and experience). 

B+

3.86 Josh Huff, WR, Oregon

Nope. Huff should compete on the team, but he wasn't a 3rd round pick, he wasn't even the 5th best receiver left on the boards, and the team had other needs.

C-

4.101 Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida

5.141 Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon

5.162 Ed Reynolds, S Stanford

7.224 Beau Allen, DT, Wisconsin



OVERALL GRADE: C+

The team added some great depth and found a ton of guys that will get some playing time, but they made a lot of reaches. The best pick was Jordan Matthews who could be in the best receiver spot from the draft.


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1.4 Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

I know Eagle fans will disagree, but I hate this pick. Chip Kelly's offenses always relied more on blocking support of the interior and the skills players rather than having to need an elite left tackle. This pick will definitely help the team, but I just think that they would be better off with getting players with more impact. With that said, many scouts like Johnson enough to warrant the value of the pick.

C+

2.35 Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

This is a pick I like. Chip Kelly dealt with Ertz in college, and he knows that he is a great receiver with good blocking potential.

B+

3.67 Bennie Logan, DT/NT, LSU

This pick doesn't make much sense. It isn't a great value, and he doesn't have a great fit. The best explanation is that he is a developmental nose tackle.

C-

4.98 Matt Barkley, QB, USC

Someone had to draft him. Sure he isn't a huge athlete, but he is worth a 4th round pick to any team out there.
 
5.136 Eric Wolff, S, NC State

7.212 Joe Kruger, DE, Utah

7.218 Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State


Poyer at worst should have been a 4th round pick. Huge steal.

7.239 David King, DE, Oklahoma

OVERALL GRADE: C+

If this was the draft that the Eagles thought would push them back into the playoffs then it was a failure. But if it was the first steps into building an offense to create fear in the league, then I'm ok with it. The team got a lot better in the blocking game, but there are definitely some major steps to build.


 
 
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1.12 Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

The Eagles had to trade up a little bit to get Cox, but he was the guy that they wanted the most in the draft. I can't say I love it to death, but I can't say I hate it much either.

B

2.46 Mychal Kendricks, MLB, Cal

Kendricks is a guy with a ton of athletic potential, and he adds a certain dimension to both sides of the defense. His value isn't too awfully bad either.

B

2.59 Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall

The Eagles got a violent pass rusher with a ton of experience about 15 picks later than he should have gone. Oh, and they picked up a 4th by trading back too. Awesome pick.

A

3.88 Nick Foles, QB, Arizona

The team reportedly wanted a backup QB, and the value is fair enough here for Foles.

B

4.123 Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia

Boykin could have gone in the late second, so getting him in the late 4th is a steal. He also fills a need.

A

5.153 Dennis Kelly, OT, Purdue


Kelly is a name most haven't heard much of, but he's a solid late round pick coming from a coach (Danny Hope) that could be the next Kirk Ferentz in terms of OL development.

6.194 Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa

Wow. McNutt is essentially the most accomplished receiver to come from Iowa, and he fell in the draft for no major reason. After looking at the Eagles roster, I'm not sold that he isn't one of the top-4 receivers going into camp.

A+

6.200 Brandon Washington, OG, Miami

I wasn't the biggest fan of Washington, but no way should he have been the 200th pick. Another steal.

A 


7.229 Bryce Brown, RB, Kansas State

OVERALL GRADE: A-

The Eagles played around a bit in the draft, but they ended up with at least two starters and 3-4 other guys that I think will get solid playing time. Not too bad for a very good team.
 

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 Picks

1.23 Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor

Watkins was supposed to go in about this area, and he fills a need. More on this pick though on the final grade.

B

2.54 Jaiquawn Jarrett, S, Temple

I was going to talk about how this was early for Jarrett, but ESPN actually had him moved up to the 2nd best safety. I personally didn't like him until day three, but no points off for that. 

B

3.90 Curtis Marsh, CB, Utah State

The team really needed a corner and perhaps should have gotten one sooner, but an ok pick. There were other guys worth taking over him, but again fills a need.

B

4.116 Casey Matthews, LB, Oregon

If the team took Matthews for the middle it would have been a reach here, but getting a high character, high impact guy that could possibly play SLB is a fine value here.

B

4.120 Alex Henery, K/P, Nebraska

I don't get why so many people have so much hate for this pick. Kickers get a bad rep when they get drafted this early, but when it is all said and done they are maybe the 4th or 5th most valuable assets on a team. Defense wins championships, but kickers often decide playoff games, and Henery is the most accurate kicker in college history. Henery is accurate, has distance, and actually might be the best punter in the draft too.

More on Henery

More on Kickers, etc. 


Was it a little early? Maybe, but if the Vikings can overdraft a quarterback like Christian Ponder, then a team reaching on a franchise kicker in the late 4th round shouldn't get much hate.

B+

5.149 Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh

I understand the team getting a talented guy with a lot of potential, but I don't quite know how much Lewis adds to the mix. I personally would have rather seen the team take a change of pace type of guy for LeSean McCoy, but the value and need was touched on.

B-

5.161 Julian Vandervelde, OG, Iowa

I am fine with the team taking a safe pick at guard for a good OL program, but maybe an OT?

B-

6.191 Jason Kelce, C, Cincinnati

Another pick that I don't quite get because OT was a bigger need, but OC was a need and more protection is great.

B-

6.193 Brian Rolle, OLB, Ohio State

Good value, good need. Good pick

B+

7.237 Greg Lloyd Jr, OLB, UConn

Another decent pick. Project for a need and a late 7th.

B

7.240 Stanley Havili, FB, USC

I've heard from some that Havili was the best FB in the class, so no complaints in the late 7th.

A

Draft Grade C+

I just don't love this draft. The team walked in needing an OT, 2 CB's, S, a DT, interior linemen, and LB support. They walked away with good interior support, a 4th round caliber CB, LB support and a a safety.

First with the Watkins pick. It fills a need, which is good. But if you read my analysis on the Dolphins you will see that I don't believe you should take a guard in the top-25, because it is too much of a luxury. Well Watkins was the second guard taken, he is 26 1/2 years old, and there were other guys that fill needs. Also, the OG depth in this draft was insane (maybe deepest overall spot), so the abundant need to take a guard here wasn't needed. During the draft I also saw numerous analysts from the Philly area mention that the Eagles rarely re-sign guys in their 30's so the team essentially is guaranteeing that Watkins is a one and done rookie. There is no reason why the team skipped Gabe Carimi, Jimmy Smith, or a number of other guys that fill a bigger need. The second pick was a slight reach, and should have been a corner (or maybe OT).

Again, I can't hate this draft too much because the team found a number of guys that can protect Mike Vick, but the team had better trade Kolb ASAP because a number of teams want him badly.


NEW GRADE: B/D

After looking back at the picks I really cannot love this draft for the long term. The team found a ton of guys that could get some playing time now, and the team should be fine on the interior now. But the team completely ignored the fact that they needed two offensive tackles, and two quality corners from the draft. They didn't address a lot of their major needs, but they did get some weapons going forward. I do still hate the first three picks though. Danny Watkins was projected in that range, but in such a deep draft class the team needed to go OT or CB when quality guys were there. The Jaiquawn Jarrett pick was a reach and it should have been a guy like Marcus Gilbert or Brandon Harris. 
 

 

Oakland Raiders

May 1, 2011
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1.14 Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia

I really like this pick. It is a little early- but Joseph was a late draft riser due in part to his knee checking out. He is a ballhawk who love to hit opponents. The Raiders hit on their biggest need, and are instantly better

B+

2.44 Jihad Ward, DE/DT, Illinois

Yuck. Ward is a good story, and he does have a good skillset, but he has little experience, isn't a freak athletically, and may need surgery. He does help to fit a need in terms of depth, but there were many better picks out there.

C-

3.75 Shillique Calhoun, DE/LB, Mich State

This is an interesting pick. The Raiders didn't fill a huge need here, but Calhoun is a monster pass rusher that could find the feel more than most believe. 

OVERALL GRADE: 

This feels like a bad draft because the team has done such a good job the last few years, but overall this was a good draft. The team got a huge talent at a safety that could start day one (if healthy). They got two other pieces to plug in on their defensive line. I am not talking about late round picks, but Vadal Alexander was taken at pick 234 when he would have been a phenomenal value at 134. 


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1.4 Amari Cooper, WR, USC

Good pick here. The team probably could have gone with Leonard Williams and grabbed a receiver that fell to them in the early 2nd, but you don't complain about getting a gamechanging receiver with a very clean resume here.

A

2.35 Mario Edwards Jr, DT, FSU

Edwards is an elite run stuffer, but won't add much do the pass rush except maybe on 3rd down. Overall though the Raiders found another very solid potential starter

B-

3.68 Clive Walford, TE, Miami

Walford was a productive tight end who can block. He isn't elite at anything, but he's a guy you want on your team.

B+

4.128 Jon Feliciano, OG, Miami

5.140, MLB, Kansas

5.161, Neiron Ball, OLB, Florida

6.179 Max Valles, OLB, Virginia

7.218 Anthony Morris, OL, Tenn St

7.221 Andre Debose, WR/KR, Florida

7.242 Dexter McDonald, CB, Kansas

OVERALL GRADE: B+

Overall another very solid draft. The team walks away with three starters (two possibly day one), and some good depth throughout. I would have liked to see them add some better pass rushers and some playmakers in the backfield, but overall this team is clearly better.

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1.5 Khalil Mack, DE/LB, Buffalo

Perfect. Mack was one of the top three players in the draft, and even ranked above Clowney to some. He can fill a Von Miller kind of role, and will add a young weapon into a very talented (but old) pass rushing core for the team. He is arguably the cleanest draft pick the team has made since Charles Woodson in 1998.

A+

2.36 Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

Another great pick. You can knock it because the team is in a slight win now mentality, but nobody actually expects the Raiders to compete this year (win yes, compete no). He is the perfect guy to learn and compete with Schaub, and they didn't have to trade up to get him,

A

3.81 Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

Last year I loved Detroit's pick of Larry Warford and said in my grade of the pick "I love players that look REALLY good on bad teams. Warford faced SEC defenses and played very well despite no help at all."

The same goes with Jackson. He played great against the best defenses in college, and should be able to find a starting gig on the Raiders line.

A

4.107 Justin Ellis, DT/NT, LA Tech

4.116 Keith McGill, CB, Utah

7.219 Travis Carrie, CB, Ohio

7.235 Shelby Harris, DE, Illinois State

7.247 Jonathon Dowling, S, Western Kentucky



OVERALL GRADE: A

This is the perfect draft for the Raiders. They got one of the top players in the draft, they got possibly the best QB in the draft, and they got one of the best guards in the draft. Add in a ton of depth throughout the rest of the draft and you should be happy. There are two or three week one starters, with up to five starters by the end of the draft.


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1.12  D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston

The good thing is that the Raiders were able to get back an early 2nd round pick to move back. They also cut the estimated salary cap of the 3rd pick by about 2.5 million dollars per year just by getting down to the 12th pick. With that said, the Raiders bit in to a player that wasn't going to go in the top-12 before his major life threatening injury. I don't love Hayden, but his stock and value is fair enough compared to a lot of scouts grades.

B

2.42 Menelik Watson, OT, FSU

Watson was a free pick which is the icing on the cake for the fact that the team got a perfect player to plug into their offensive line.

A

3.66 Sio Moore, OLB, UConn

I don't love Moore myself, but he was a steal here and he could start next season.
 
B+

4.112 Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

6.172 Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado

6.181 Latavius Murray, RB, UCF

6.184 Mychal Rivera, TE, Tennessee

6.205 Stacy McGee, DT, Oklahoma

7.209 Brice Butler, WR, SD State

7.233 David Bass, DE, Missouri Western


OVERALL GRADE: B
 
If the Raiders had taken someone else in the first round then this would have been a top-5 draft. The team got their starting RT for free by trading back with the Dolphins, and ended up with four instant starters. Ultimately though, you have to wonder how the team would look if they had taken Star Lotulelei or Sharrif Floyd with the 12th pick while grabbing Johnthan Banks with their 2nd round pick.

 

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3.95: Tony Bergstrom, OG, Utah

Ugh. My girlfriend asked me who I wanted (my) Raiders to pick, and I said Bobby Massie or Lamar Miller. She then asked who I thought they would take. I replied, "Probably some crappy guard like Tony Bergstrom from Utah." Well Raider fans, you are welcome...

D

4.129 Mile Burris, LB, San Diego State

This is actually a pick that I'm ok with. There were much better values out there, but Burris is a great character with one of the best ball visions that I've ever seen.

5.158 Jack Crawford, DE, Penn State

5.168 Juron Criner, WR, Arizona


This pick I actually like. He isn't a typical Raider guy, but he is a perfect addition (and value)...

A

6.189 Chris Bilukidi, DT, Georgia State

7.230 Nathan Stupar, LB, Penn State


OVERALL GRADE: D

It sucks that the Raiders only had one pick in the top-100, and it is a big reason that they may not have walked away with a single starter. With that said though, the team had a terrible draft. The team reached on every single pick (except one), they didn't address the problem at defensive back at all, and they didn't walk away giving Raider fans a new hope.




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Picks

2.48 Stefen Wisniewski, OG/C, Penn State

It fits a need, but the interior class was good enough to skip a family man. I don't think the team should be taking luxury picks here.

C
 
3.81 DeMarcus Van Dyke, CB, Miami

The team needed some corner depth, but taking DVD here is essentially the team's way of saying goodbye to Nnamdi Asomugha.

B for the pick, F for the loss

3.92 Joseph Barksdale, OT, LSU

More on this pick in a minute, but I'm ok with it overall given need and potential.

B
 
 4.113 Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Ohio State

A second athletic corner pretty much guarantees Nnamdi is gone. Even with that the team has a ton of overrated athletic corners, including the one they overpaid 20 million for earlier in the offseason.

D- / Omega F for giving up on Nnamdi

4.125 Taiwan Jones, RB, Eastern Washington

Why? Jones will compete to be the 3rd RB on the team, and doesn't offer much that is new.

D-

5.148 Denarius Moore, WR, Tennessee

I like this pick. Moore is a guy that could end up getting some very good playing time.

 A

6.181 Richard Gordon, TE, Miami

Because I don't like the team taking a blocking tight end here, I will make a joke about how they must have meant to take Robby Gordon, a NASCAR driver that goes fast.

D

 7.241 David Ausberry, WR/TE, USC

Puts head in oven...

D

Draft Grade: Better off not drafting
(F)
  
 

As a Raider fan, let me just start by saying that it is REEEEEAAAAAAALLLLLLLLY HARD being a Raider fan some times. After last years fluke great draft the team made up for it with a terrible one. First off the team doesn't have a 1st round pick because they gave too much to get Richard Seymour. Seymour is a great leader for the defensive line, but was never worth a 1st round pick. Al Davis is essentially Dr. Andre from "The League" when it comes to trading with the Patriots. 

Second, the team showed in this draft they essentially won't even try to retain Nnadmi Asomugha, the best corner in the league. The team would rather draft two speedsters in the draft and then give Stanford Routt 25 million more than he is worth. I'm pretty sure cutting Routt and giving Asomugha 25 million extra would have been a better plan, but that's just me. The team also drafted two tight ends, so I'm not sold that Zach Miller is back either.

On to the draft though. Stefen Wisniewski fills a need, but a team with so many issues cannot use a 2nd round luxury pick on an interior lineman, especially in a deep interior class. The team's 3rd and 4th picks were both speedy corners. But don't forget that Dr. Andre decided to trade the 2nd round pick next year (ten picks before they actually got to use their pick) to the Pats for a 3rd and 4th rounder. Those picks were for Joseph Barksdale, an athletic tackle that has little upside over the rest of the guys drafted last year, and also Taiwan Jones who has no purpose on the team. Finish it off with a good pick at receiver, and two bad ones at tight end (Virgil Green was there and they passed!) and you have one of the worst drafts I have ever seen. 

Without Nnadmi the entire defense will likely crumble, and the pass rushing pressure will falter. The offense still is average at best (unless the receivers pick up) and the Raiders could be in trouble. Some saw this as the draft for a team that was a few steps away from the playoffs. I honestly think that this team could get the 1st overall pick next year, but we'd probably trade it for Ryan Mallett.

Sorry for the rant, but Fidel Dr. Andre Castro running the team just isn't working.

NEW GRADE: Worse than better off not drafting

It is hard to even look at this page and my original rant because I have had three months to let it sink in and rot. The team found at best one starter at center, and a bunch of reasons for Nnamdi Asomugha to leave. The Chargers, Broncos and Chiefs all got better from the draft, and the Raiders will end up taking about ten steps back by the time the season starts. I really do think that anything good the defense had going last year will crumble when teams are able to throw against the Raiders again, and I really do think that the Raiders will have a very good chance to get the golden ticket in the Andrew Luck Lottery.


 

New York Jets

May 1, 2011
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1.20 Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

The Jets for some reason aren't as good at rushing the passer as the rest of the defense should dictate. But Lee is a freaky athlete in the right hands of his coach. The team does need a QB, but if they get Fitzpatrick after all then they could really start to contend

2.51 Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

HAHA. Christian Hackenberg has no right going this high in the draft. With a QB whisperer and Allen Robinson his freshman year he looked like he had some potential. But since then he has regressed as a passer to the point that he was nearly a 50% completion passer. The Jets took a guy who needs 2 years before he should sniff the field- and he might start week one.

F

3.83 Jordan Jenkins, LB, Georgia

No arguing here. Jenkins is a good talent, helps the depth and is a good value.

A

OVERALL GRADE: B-

You cannot look at the Jets and say that you feel like they got significantly better, but they did get better. But the team needs a QB, and no other good picks fix that.


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1.6 Leonard Williams, DE/DT, USC

A lot of people hated this pick because he didn't fit a need. That is true, but he was the last clean prospect left in the draft and he fell slightly to them. Would you rather they take arguably the best player in the draft here, or reaching for a need.

A

2.37 Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State

Another great pick. The team get's a TD horse to plug in for their QB.

A

3.82 Lorenzo Maudin, DE/LB, Louisville

No shocker that this team has a new staff because they are killing it. They got arguably the best edge rusher on the boards, and traded back 12 spots while acquiring a 5th, 7th and DeVier Posey.

A+

4.103 Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor

5.152 Jarvis Harrison, OG, TAMU

7.223 Deon Simon, NT, NW St

OVERALL GRADE: A

This is arguably the best draft this year. The team not only nailed their first four picks in terms of need and value, but they also walked away with line depth late. Factor in that they got DeVier Posey and Zac Stacy from trades also which will add value to the team as well.


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1.18 Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

I like the pick, but I think the team could have done better. They got the 2nd best safety, and the 3rd best defensive back on the board. 

B-

2.49 Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

If Amaro is able to do half of what he did in college then he will be a great pick. Need meets value here.

B+

3.80 Dexter McDougle, CB, Maryland

I love this pick. McDougle is a great 6th round pick with good potential. Oh. He went in the 3rd? How the hell does he get drafted this early? He is too short, doesn't have great instincts, and gets hurt.

F+

4.104 Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma

4.115 Shaq Evans, WR, UCLA

4.137 Dakota Dozier, G, Furman


Great pick here. Dozier could have been a 3rd rounder easily.

5.154 Jeremiah George, LB, ISU

6.195 Brandon Dixon, CB, NW Mizzou St.

6.209 Quincy Enunwa, WR, Nebraska

6.210 Ik Enemkpali, DE, LA Tech

6.213 Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson


It is stupid that Boyd was still on the board here. 

7.233 Trevor Reilly, LB, Utah

OVERALL GRADE:C+

I always have a hard time grading the Rex Ryan draft classes. He get's a lot of guys with decent value, and guys that could be studs, but he also takes a lot of question marks. With 12 picks in the draft though, I would expect that this team would have walked away with more than two potential starters.


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1.9 Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

The Jets didn't have to take a corner with this pick, but at worst they got one that will compete for a starting job right away.

B+

1.13 Sheldon Richardson, DE/DT, Missouri

I'm not doubting that Richardson will help the team, but they have too many big needs to get an upgrade over Muhammad Wilkerson. When a coach and a team needs to win now before getting completely blown up they cannot make these picks. It makes even less sense when Star Lotulelei would be a better win-now guy.

D
 
2.39 Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

Wow. It's everything that the Jets ever wanted, and yet it could cripple the franchise. This move is a great value, it fills a need, and it adds hope. But it also creates a QB controversy on a team that already had four guys fighting for reps. It also makes a scapegoat for a bad season for Rex Ryan. And nobody wants that. With all that noted, the team got the cleanest QB in the draft in an affordable way.

B+
 
3.72 Brian Winters, OG, Kent State
 
The Jets could have taken a guard with their 9th overall pick, but went with a playmaker. I'd much rather have Dee Milliner and Brian Winters than Chance Warmack and Logan Ryan.

B+

5.141 Oday Oboushi, OT/G, Virginia

More good depth at great value.

6.178 William Campbell, G, Michigan

7.215 Tommy Bonahan, FB, Wake Forest


OVERALL GRADE: ?

I don't have a clue how to grade this draft. The team found guys to splash now, and guys to splash later. They also found guys that will create controversy for starting spots while also having huge holes left alone.

 

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1.16 Quinton Coples, DE (LB/DT), UNC

Eh. Coples has done very little to impress this offseason, and there were about 8 other guys worth more for the team to take. I don't think the team should have taken a lazy guy that takes plays off to go into the locker room.

C
 
2.43 Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

It cost the team a few picks to move up and get him, but the Jets got a potential steal here. They got a burner with the same potential that Megatron and Demaryius Thomas, and they got him 5-15 picks after most thought he would go. 

B

3.77 Demario Davis, LB, Arkansas State

There were better guys out there, but Demario was guy that some thought would go this high. I can't say that I hate this pick, but I definitely don't love it.

B-
 
6.187 Josh Bush, S, Wake

6.202 Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor


I love this pick alot. There is a direct combination between height, weight and speed that correlates very closely to the quality of a player in the NFL, and Ganaway had the most impressive combo in the draft. He is a little slow to do it all, but he is comparable to LaGarrette Blount in a lot of ways. Look for him to earn some very good carries.

A

6.203 Robert T. Griffin, G, Baylor

7.242 Antonio Allen, S, South Carolina


I didn't love Allen, but he really should have gone a lot sooner.

A

7.244 Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan

OVERALL GRADE: C+

I'm not in love with the draft, but there are some good picks. The team touched on quite a few needs, but they got a lot of guys that were pure potential, and they didn't get a lot of guys that have elite character.


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 Picks

 1.30 Muhammad Wilkerson, DE/DT, Temple

I was never high on Wilkerson myself, but for the Jets to get him by letting him fall to them was great value and it filled a need. 

B+

 3.94 Kendrick Ellis, NT, Hampton

 I have been in love with Ellis's TFL potential, and I think that a late 3rd round pick on him was a great value. 

B+

4.126 Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville

I don't quite get the value with this pick. The team already has three ok backs, and I'm not sure what he adds to the mix.

C- 


5.153 Jeremy Kerley, WR/KR, TCU

The team essentially loses Brad Smith with this pick, so an ok attempt to replace him.

B-

7.204 Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama

I really like the pick for the Jets, but I would have rather seen McElroy wind up on a team that might actually end up developing him into the starter (maybe a Miami or Seattle).

B+

7.227 Scotty McKnight, WR, Colorado

This team probably should have looked for a guy sooner than this, but an ok 7th rounder.

C+

Draft Grade: D

Yet another draft where a team found some value, but didn't address needs very well. The team needed pass rushers, and got zero. The team needed a nickel corner and didn't get one. The team needed 1-2 starting caliber receivers and the team got zero. The team got a good deal on a starting DE/DT, a future NT, and extra depth. I just can't love a draft where a team walks away without much addressed.


NEW GRADE: C

If I were the Jets, I may have actually made the same first couple of picks based on value and general need. I do wish that the team had addressed the receiver position, but there are a ton of okish free agents that they might be ok when it is all said and done.  

 

New York Giants

May 1, 2011
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1.10 Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

So I will be the first to say the the Giants didn't HAVE to take Hargreaves if they didn't like him, but they also didn't have to take the 4th best corner in the draft 10-15 picks too early. Eli Apple is a young freaky athlete- but that is about where it ends. I thought that there would be a better chance for Apple to go in at pick 40 than at pick 10.

D

2.40 Sterling Sheppard, WR, Oklahoma

This is a bit of a luxury pick, but I like it. If the Giants can get all of their receivers rolling then they will have three very good, quick, and smart playmakers. 

B

3.71 Darian Thompson, S, Boise State

Good pick here. Thompson could have snuck in a smidge sooner, but he went about where he should have gone. he has good potential and does add a good amount of depth for the team.

B+

OVERALL GRADE: B-

This felt very much like a recent Giants draft. They got some good playmakers with good potential, but they won two Superbowls recently with a blueprint based on a pass rush and a run game, and they refuse to draft there. They did try to buy some guys in free agency though.

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1.9 Ereck Flowers, OL, Miami

Barf. I get filling a need, but this is ridiculous. Flowers is the linemen with potential in the draft, but the Giants don't need a developmental guy. If Tom Coughlin wanted to run the ball better then he should have taken the ODB of this draft Todd Gurley.

C

2.33 Landon Collins, S, Alabama

The team traded their 4th rounder and 7th rounder to move up. The Giants are operating like they are playoff team and not the 9th worst team last year. With that said they got the cleanest safety in the draft and they do find a guy that could be a very good safety (or LB) for the team.

B

3.74 Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA

This guy could be a real steal. He has a ton of potential and could have gone to them in the 2nd without question.

A

5.144 Mykkele Thompson, S, Texas

6.186 Geremy Davis, WR, UConn

7.226 Bobby Hart, OG, FSU

OVERALL GRADE: B

You have to give them credit for finding 2-3 starters in this draft, but I just am not sold on this draft. They reached on need with the Flowers pick which disappoints some.

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1.12 Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

I like that the Giants got a guy to spit in with Victor Cruz. I don't quite love the Beckham hype, and I think he went a little too early, but you can't hate the pick too much.

B

2.43 Weston Richburg, OC, Colorado State

I like this pick. It isn't a sexy one, but the Giants get a potential 10-year starter that should help Eli out with some issues.

B+

3.74 Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse

Nope. Bromley was not worth an early 3rd round pick, and this was the perfect spot for the Giants to get someone that fell like Nix.

C-

4.113 Andre Williams, RB, BC

Awesome pick. The dude can't catch the ball, but he is a reliable hammer that could be a great power back (think Shonn Greene or Bernard Pierce).

5.152 Nat Berle, S, SD State

5.174 Devon Kennard, LB, USC

6.187 Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame


OVERALL GRADE: C+

Overall I like the first four enough because it hit on needs, and they found guys that will play sooner than later. But I really wish that the Giants would have made some moves and walked away with great value like they often do. At the end of the day though, I don't know if they walked away better. They got some guys, but this wasn't the draft they needed to get back into the discussion.


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1.19 Justin Pugh, OG/T, Syracuse

Ick. The team needed some help on their offensive line, but this came off as more of a luxury pick for a team that could have upgraded a few other spots. This was the perfect scenario for them to steal Sharrif Floyd.

C-

2.49 Johnathan Hankins, DT/NT, Ohio State

The Giants needed an extra defensive tackle, but I don't know that Hankins had to be the guy here. The pick was good and the value was there, but this just doesn't feel like a Giants draft yet.
 
B
 
3.81 Damontre Moore, DE, TAMU

There it is. If Moore had gone to them in the first round then I would have been ok enough with it. But only the Giants pull picks like this.

A++

4.110 Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

Some people believed that he was the 8th pick to Buffalo. So it's hard to hate him learning behind Eli 102 picks later.

A+

5.152 Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond

7.225 Eric Hermon, G, Ohio

7.253 Michael Cox, RB, UMass


OVERALL GRADE: C+

The team landed amazing value on most of their picks, and they touched on some of their needs, but I just don't know if they got that much better from the draft. They found a guy that will compete next year for the RT spot, and a couple of defensive players that fill in the cracks on the DL. But it doesn't change the fact that the team has too many holes in their defensive back seven is still not very good. I just don't like it when a team that missed the playoffs ends up with at best one starter next year from the draft, with potentially three (four if Nassib ever plays) down the road.
 
 
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1.32 David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

Wow. The Giants freaked out about the David Wilson pick and severely reached on David Wilson. They usually take the best guy on their board, but they really messed up on this one.

C-

2.63 Rueben Randle, WR, LSU

Some had Randle as a top-25 pick. Well for the Giants to sit back and let him fall to them at the bottom of the 2nd round is theft.

A

3.94 Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech

Hosley is a ballhawking corner that I think might end up an elite safety if he can't get a starting corner gig. Great value pick here that fills a fair need.

B+
 
4.127 Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati

Robinson does have some potential, but for a team that goes for value I don't quite get it.

C

4.131 Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn

This is more like it. The team needed some extra depth on the line and they got one of the best left.

B+ 


6.201 Matt McCants, OT, UAB

I actually like McCants a little bit better than Mosley, so to get him 70 picks late is insane.

A+

7.239 Markus Kuhn, DT, NC State

OVERALL GRADE: A

If I had to do a grade after the first round then the Giants wouldn't have liked me. They severely reached on David Wilson because Doug Martin went 31st. That was of course until they got Rueben Randle who was often mocked there in the first at the end of the 2nd round. It's hard to explain, but getting Randle in the first and Wilson in the 2nd would be a perfect draft, but the other way around feels weird.

Overall the team got possibly three starters (not bad for a Super Bowl team), maybe four if Robinson can with the TE job. They also ended up with two solid linemen that will get some playing time.
 

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 Picks

1.19 Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

While I don't think Amukamara was worth a 1st round pick, everyone else did and he was a great value at 19th. Doesn't hit a big need though.

 A-

2.52 Phil Taylor, DT, UNC

Taylor is a 1st rounder on the field and a 2 year old off the field. Fills a need and good value.

A

3.83 Jerrel Jernigan, WR, Troy

 Jernigan is a great value here, but he is not a deep threat. He is a glorified slot receiver that is scariest in open space.

B+

4.117 James Brewer, OT, Indiana

If they had taken Brewer in the third it would have been a B+ grade on value and need. But in the 4th...

A+

6.185 Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State

I'm not sold on Jones inside or outside, but there is no reason that he fell to the 6th round.

A

6.198 Tyler Sash, S, Iowa

Sash is definitely the over achiever from the Iowa defense, but there is something to say about his production. I still don't know why he came out early though.

B+

6.202 Jacquian Williams, LB, USF

I don't love the pick and would have much rather seen the team go after more OL depth, but a late 6th is a late 6th.

C
 
7.221 Da'Rel Scott, RB, Maryland

The team probably should have addressed the position sooner, but this pick is great.

A

Draft Grade: B-

A lot of people really loved this draft, but a lot of people really loved the team's draft last year. And how many of those 'steals' last year are starters? I believe one... The punter. The team needed a LT, a LG and a center. They also needed a stable runner, an OLB, a DT and maybe some WR depth. The team definitely stole Prince Amukamara, but how much does he play on the team? Phil Taylor is a great pick, but will he start right away? Jerrel Jernigan is a great receiver, but is he going to beat any of the big guys out?

The team addressed few needs early, and I don't know that they added tools that would help them win more games soon. I loved the day 3 picks, but the OL is still awful, there are still questions at RB, and the team still doesn't have a healthy crop of deep threats. The offense went from an A to an A+ but the defense went from a B- to a slightly better B- and I am not sold that taking the BPA with every pick was the right move for a team that actually has some major needs.

NEW GRADE: B

I down graded the Giants draft slightly because I personally had Prince Amukamara as a 2nd rounder at best, but the fact that many had him as a top-10 pick should be considered a bit more. But when the dust clears, I still don't know that the team found a starter (day one or down the road) outside of James Brewer who may surprise.  
 
 
 

New Orleans Saints

May 1, 2011
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1.12 Sheldon Rankins, DE/DT, Louisville

Ultimately I like this pick because Rankins is a very good talent at a decent value. But the Saints theoretically could have gone with a guy slightly lower on their board because there are 30-50 draftable defensive tackles in this draft.

B-

2.47 Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

Thomas is a great value here, but I think the team had 10 other needs.

B-

2.61 Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State 

Now this is a pick I can get behind. Bell could have gone 30 picks sooner and wouldn't have surprised anyone.

A

OVERALL GRADE: B

The Saints got good value on their picks, found two or three starters, and got better on defense. I think they will still get exposed, but maybe not as bad.


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1.13 Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

Why? Peat is not a great RT prospect and they have a young left tackle talent. He will find a way onto the team somewhere, but the Saints cannot take luxury picks here when they are the oldest team in the league and arguably 3-wins worse than last year in a division that is getting better.

C-

1.31 Stephone Anthony, MLB, Clemson

So the Saints traded Jimmy Graham for the 3rd best MLB in the draft? This realistically could mean the end of an era for the team. It feels like the front office is rebuilding two years before they should be. You don't trade one of the two best tight ends in the league a year after giving him a big deal to get this guy.

F-

2.44 Hau'oli Kikaha, DE/LB, Washington

No complaining on this one. Kikaha has a ton of potential and the value is pretty fair. He does have some injury concerns which bumped him but his potential is there.

B

3.75 Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State

The Saints front office definitely is building for the future which is great- except when you have a rapidly closing window. I won't hurt the grade too much because Grayson is a fair value here with some good potential. 

B

3.78 P.J. Williams, CB, FSU

Williams slides in to be a great Nickel/Dime corner/safety for the team and is a great value here.

B+

5.148 Davis Tull, LB, Tenn-Chatt

5.154 Tyeler Davison, DE/DT, Fresno

5.167 Damian Swann, CB, Georgia

7.230 Marcus Murphy, RB, Mizzou

OVERALL GRADE: D

Other than the fact that they had a lot of picks, it is hard to like this draft. They traded their best offensive weapon to the Saints and then grabbed a whole bunch of picks that won't contribute too much next year. I don't hate the draft as a collection, but the team went all in on picks in one of the worst draft classes out there.



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1.20 Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

I like the pick, but I really don't love it. Drew Brees is the type of QB that makes receivers. Not the other way around. I think the team would have been better off getting better on defense while taking one of the 300 other receivers in round 2. With that said the team did get a lethal weapon for Brees to play with.

B-

2.58 Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

Baptiste has the size to be a stud, and the Saints need some guys like that. 

B+

4.126 Khairi Fortt, LB, Cal

5.167 Vinnie Sunseri, S, Alabama

5.169 Ronald Powell, LB, Florida

6.202 Tavon Rooks, OT, Kansas State


OVERALL GRADE: B

No surprises from this draft. The Saints like to nail a big playmaker early, and then add depth throughout. They got a quick receiver with great route skills, and then went defensive depth the rest of the way.


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1.15 Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

The Saints needed a lot of help from this draft, and they got the hands down safest defensive back. Vaccaro fills a need, and is an amazing value here.

A

3.75 Terron Armstead, OT, Ark-Pine Bluff

Armstead is the freak of nature tackle that blew it up at the combine, but he luckily was drafted where he should have been. The Saints are getting a great deal on a player that could end up being a stud.

A

3.82 John Jenkins, NT, Georgia

The Saints grabbed their NT for their new 3-4 defense. I love this pick a lot.

A

5.144 Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma

6.183 Rufus Johnson, DE/LB, Tarleton State


OVERALL GRADE: A-

Outside of the fact that this team is missing on pass rushing linebackers, this was a perfect draft. The team landed on one instant starter, and up to four starters going into 2014. The team still needs a ton of talent to have a 'good' defense, but this is no longer a defense to sleep on.

 

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3.89 Akiem Hicks, DT/NT, Regina (CA)

Hicks was a fast rising defensive tackle that some thought would be a 4th round sleeper. The Saints got him in the late 3rd which isn't too bad.

B

4.122 Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin

Toon is a guy that has a lot to like including a great route running ability and a family history in the league.

B+

5.162 Corey White, S, Samford

6.179 Andrew Tiller, G, Syracuse

7.234 Marcel Jones, OT, Nebraska


OVERALL GRADE: D

Just like the Raiders grade, I do feel bad since the Saints had to wait awhile to pick, but there isn't too much to love with this draft. They ended up with a single starter, a receiver with some potential, and some other guys. But at the end of the day almost every pick was a reach.



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 Picks

1.24 Cameron Jordan, DE, California

Whenever a guy falls this far I start to wonder what bad news about the guy is going to come out, because Jordan should never have gotten past the Chargers (or about 23 other teams).

A
 
1.28 Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

I really like Ingram, and I don't understand why a team would pass on him. With that said, he wasn't worth a future 1st and a 2nd. Ingram as a Saint could be the next Adrian Peterson, but the coaching staff is known for ruining talent in this department. If the team plays Ingram for 20 carries one game and then puts in Chris Ivory for the full load the next week, then Ingram's talent will be wasted. If Ingram gets 20 carries a game and has guys built around him then this pick will be worth it.

B+
 
3.72 Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois

Is Wilson that good in the 4-3? No. But he was worth a 1st round grade for a 3-4 team, and is a steal of a player in the 4-3 either inside or outside.

A
 
3.88 Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville

Another steal here. Patrick really shined under Charlie Strong this season, and could end up being a great overall value here.

A
 
7.226 Greg Romeus, DE, Pittsburgh

Every single year there is a top-20 quality pass rushing defensive end that gets hurt and falls deep into the draft. Last year Greg Hardy was that guy and was taken in the 6th round. He had 3 sacks, 2 FF and a safety caused as a backup for the Panthers. Expect Romeus to have similar potential.

A
 
7.243 Nate Bussey, LB, Illinois

Eh. I would have preferred to see the team take a receiver, a speedy rusher (to replace Bush), or an offensive lineman.

C
 
Draft Grade: A-

The Saints made a ton of great picks and addressed a bunch of their needs, but they lost their 2012 1st round pick. They addressed a lot of their problems, but I'm not sold that the coaching staff utilizes Ingram the right way. I'm a little nitpicky, but an A- grade is still one of the best (and it could be the best if Ingram is utilized).

New Grade: A-

I honestly am ok with the original analysis on this pick. The team got a ton of value, but lost 2012 value as well. If the team gives the rock to Mark Ingram consistently then he is a steal, but if they plug him in like the rest of the rushers then he was a waste.  

 

New England Patriots

May 1, 2011
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2.60 Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama

Good pick here. Jones is a fair value, and will fill a need at nickle.

3.78 Joe Thuney, OG, NC State

Barf. Thuney was maybe the 10th best guard in the draft. I can't wait for him to be an all-pro

D

3.91 Jacoby Brissett, QB, NC State

I'm not grading that pick.

F-

3.96 Vincent Vallentine, DT, Nebraska

Fuck no. Is Belichik a fan of Final Fantasy? No. Then don't take 6th rounders here.

OVERALL GRADE: F

I am officially done with Bill Belichick drafting. He clearly has lost the year-to-year care to keep doing it, and it shows. He took three 5th round picks in the 3rd round, and walks away from this draft without a starter. The team still needs 1-2 receivers, help on the offensive line, and depth on defense. They will still win 12 games which is sad, but the team could be so much better.

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1.32 Malcom Brown, DT, Texas

I love this pick. I often hate a lot of Billy B's picks in the draft (I love his trades though), but they got a guy that fell 16 picks too far.

A+

2.64 Jordan Richards, S, Stanford

Yuck. Richards could have been gotten at least another round from here, and could even have been undrafted.

F-

3.97 Geneo Grissom, DE, Oklahoma

He is a good athlete, but he is another pick that is WAY too early here. He had 5th round pick written on him,

C

4.101 Trey Flowers, DE, Arkansas

4.111 Tre' Jackson, OG, FSU

4.131 Shaq Mason, C, Georgia Tech

5.166 Joe Cardona, LS, Navy

6.178 Matthew Wells, LB, Miss St

6.202 AJ Derby, TE, Arkansas

7.247 Darryl Roberts, CB, Marshall

7.253 Xzavier Dickson, LB, Alabama

OVERALL GRADE: C

So they got 11 picks. Sure they won the Super Bowl, but they found one starter in the draft and ten other guys who might contribute. The team could have found some dynamic playmakers on offense to compliment the last few years of Brady's career, especially in a draft with this much RB/WR talent.



 
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1.29 Dominique Easley, DT, Florida

Easley was a 1st round pick before tearing his ACL. He could end up being a steal, but this pick is a Patriots F. They could have traded with the Vikings (who moved up 3 picks later) and picked something up. 

Patriots: F
Everyone else: D

2.62 Jimmy Garopollo, QB, Eastern Illinois

Anyone who hates this pick just doesn't get the draft. Sure the Pats are in a win-now mode, but at the back end of the 2nd round there really weren't a whole lot of instant starters left. The Pats got a QB that could have gone a round earlier, and they got a guy that can start when Brady moves on. 

B

4.105 Bryan Stork, C, FSU

4.130 James White, RB, Wisconsin


4.140 Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford

6.179 John Halapio, G, Florida

6.198 Zach Moore, DE, Concorida

6.206 Jemea Thomas, S, Georgia Tech

7.244 Jeremy Gallon, WR, Michigan


OVERALL GRADE: Patriots D, Everyone else B

I am getting close to being done with praising Bill. He found one starter, and two guys that will contribute. His best pick was a QB for the future, and his best value pick was a 7th round receiver. At the end of the day he makes better picks when he trades 10 picks back, but that just didn't happen in this draft. One year ago this team had two stud tight ends to even out the fact that they had zero receivers. Now they have half a tight end, and they didn't draft one.

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2.52 Jamie Collins, LB, Southern Miss

The Patriots needed some major depth on their team, and getting a guy like Collins is a solid value.

B

2.59 Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall

I like the pick, but I'm not sure I love it. There were better receivers out there, but Dobson is a guy with a ton of great potential.

B

3.83 Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers

The Pats needed a corner and luckily got one of the last great ones here. I think that they should have addressed this a little earlier though.

B

3.91 Duran Harmon, S, Rutgers

Now this is a pick that I can't get behind. The team drafted a 6th rounder here and likely will be looking for safety in the near future.

F
 
4.102 Josh Boyce, WR, TCU

7.226 Michael Buchannon, DE/LB, Illinois

7.235 Steven Beauharnais, LB, Rutgers


 OVERALL GRADE: D-

Ick. This is a draft that this team usually sits out of while picking up future picks, and they failed at that. The team three guys that will contribute, and zero starters. The best move that they made all weekend was getting LeGarrette Blount.
 
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1.21 Chandler Jones, DE (LB), Syracuse

Chandler Jones is a guy with a lot of potential, and a great family lineage. I can't hate the Pats for trading up for him, but I think a 3rd rounder to do so may have cost a bit too much.

B

1:25 Dont'a Hightower, MLB, Alabama

The team traded a 4th rounder to move up and get a nasty prospect on the inside. They have done a lot to help their front seven in the draft, but they need some help in the backfield.

B

2.48 Tavon Wilson, S, Illinois

Apparently Al Davis's final diabolic plan was to possess Bill Belichek and have him take a 6th round safety in the 2nd round. The Patriots really dropped the ball on this one. Some will come out and say that Travon Wilson was on a few top-100 big boards, but that doesn't excuse the fact that this is one of the biggest reaches in a long time.

F-

3.90 Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas


The Pats traded back for and got a 5th in the process. I actually love this pick a lot because Bequette was quietly one of the best pass rushers in the SEC.

B+
 
6.197 Nate Ebner, S, Ohio State

Apparently one Matt Slater wasn't enough. Ebner doesn't actually have a position off the special teams squad, and I just don't get it at all.

F

7.224 Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska

You know what's sad? Dennard might be the best value pick that the Pats made the whole draft. He was actually a free pick for moving down, and if Dennard can over the cop punching thing then he actually could start for this terrible backfield.

A-

7.235 Jeremy Ebert, WR, Northwestern

I got a lot of crap for mocking a talented receiver to the Pats this year because the team already had eight guys on the roster worth noting. So in that case, what the heck will Ebert contribute to the team?

F
 
OVERALL GRADE: C+

Here's the good. The Patriots got two great pass rushers and an inside linebacker with a lot of potential. They also got a corner in the 7th that legitimately could see the field a lot. The bad unfortunately is that they went from a stock load of draft picks to an empty slate in 2013. They drafted a safety in the 2nd round that could have been found in the 5th round, and they had to trade up a lot to get the guys they did get. Are they a better team? Absolutely. But the team just didn't have the Patriot feel.


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 Picks

**Disclaimer. The Patriot fans get a disclaimer, because no, I'm not smarter than BB. But given the predicted needs by EVERYONE, and the overall draft you cannot use "BB made the pick so it is good" as an excuse. I also ask you to read the entire bit before sending in the dirty hate mail.
 
1.17 Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

From all accounts, the team was looking for defensive ends, rush linebackers, and offensive linemen to help win now. Nate Solder is a 1-year project that might not see playing time next year unless he really shines in camp. His value seemed so damaged after the Senior Bowl and Combine too that this was actually a reach by many accounts outside of rumors that the Chiefs wanted him.

C
 
2.33 Ras-I Dowling, CB/S, Virginia

This pick just didn't do it for a number of reasons. The team was 'guaranteed' to trade out of this pick, and it is hard to believe that they didn't get any good offers. If they did take the pick it was 'a lock' to address the front seven problem. Another corner/safety just wasn't a top notch need, especially given the fact that there are undrafted corners that I would have been ok drafting in the 4th or 5th round.

D
 
2.56 Shane Vereen, RB, California

I really like this pick, but that is assuming the team didn't have bigger needs to fill. Vereen is a Maurice Jones Drew type of rusher, and I would love to see him get the rock in the offense. I also think he is a better overall prospect than Jahvid Best was, but Vereen didn't touch a major need.

B+
 
3.73 Stevan Ridley, RB, LSU

Ridley is a power back from LSU that is a better college guy than NFL guy... like every LSU power rusher. The team may have wanted to get some power in their attack, but this makes four "can't lose" youngsters on a team that likes to hold on to some veterans.

C-
 
3.74 Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas

This is might be the best overall pick in the draft. Mallett here is an absolute steal on talent, and he should have gone 50+ picks sooner. As a 2nd rounder he should have been a steal because there is no financial or potential commitment that teams give 2nd rounders, so to get him in the mid-3rd is robbery. 

Second, the team blocked both the Dolphins and the Bills from taking him. They passed on him up to this point, but they had to have been thinking about him in the third. Those two teams now are left with garbage at QB for the next year, while the Patriots have Mallett. No quarterback essentially guarantees that this is a two-team race for the division.

Finally the Patriots added an option for the future. If they actually hold onto Mallett for awhile then they have maybe the best backup in the game. Look for the team, however, to put Mallett into the game when the Patriots are far ahead. They will make Mallett look really good and then look to trade him down the road. Just think about what Kevin Kolb is worth right now after two great games paired with a few average ones!

A+++
 
5.138 Marcus Cannon, OT/G, TCU

I have had Marcus Cannon in the top-15 of my big board since this time last year. I loved his speed to size ratio, I loved his strength, and I absolutely loved his potential. It is unfortunate that he got cancer, but it does sound as if he could be ready to play at the start of the season. If not, he is a steal in the 5th round for 2012.

A+
 
5.159 Lee Smith, Tight End, Marshall

Why?

F
 
6.194 Markell Carter, DE/LB, Central Arkansas

Markell Carter is apparently the go to guy for the Patriots front seven this offseason. All those emails that swarmed in because a DE/LB wasn't mocked at 17 were justified because secretly the Patriots had Carter as their best overall pass rusher.
 
7.219 Malcolm Williams, CB, TCU

Who and Why?

F 


Draft Grade: B

A B-grade? I must be a Patriot fan right? Nope. The team made nine picks this year, and none of them may see a start in 2011 despite needing two upgrades in the front seven and two+ upgrades on the OL. But if you factor in the fact that the team walked away with an extra 1st and 2nd next year, as well as a few guys that could be the future of the team. Maybe the team thought that they have enough talent to make the playoffs in 2011, and so they don't absolutely have to find starters now.

NEW GRADE: C+

I may have overvalued the Patriots because of some of their middle round picks, but the first four picks were some real head scratchers. Fans demanded pass rushers and defensive ends, and instead got project left tackles, defensive backs, and rushers (two in fact). During the draft process I got daily complaints about having a single rusher in the first five rounds, and I got even more hate if I didn't have a pass rusher in the first. I will still get complaints about this too, but I really think the team needs to find a Randy Moss(esque) receiver because their group of guys really aren't that good.  
 
 

Minnesota Vikings

May 1, 2011
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1.23 Laquan Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

Sure. The team nails it's biggest need, they get a solid value, and they find a receiver that QB's will love. 

B+

2.54 Mackenzie Alexander, CB, Clemson

Good pick here. Alexander went after most thought he would go, but where his talent probably should have been put it.

A

OVERALL GRADE: A

Great draft for the Vikings. They got instant starters on both sides of the ball, plus got a 3rd and 4th round pick next years (much better) draft.

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1.11 Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State

Ultimately Waynes is the cleanest corner in the draft, but he does become a tackling liability sometimes. I think a lot of that is that he is very light. If he can bulk up a bit then he could be a stud, but in this terrible draft pool he is a fair pick.

B

2.45 Eric Kendricks, MLB, UCLA

Kendricks isn't sexy, but he is a tackling machine that makes this defense better. He is also a good value here.

A-

3.88 Danielle Hunter, DE, LSU

The Vikings picked up a 5th and 6th to fall back some which adds extra value here. Hunter is one of those classic players that came out too early, but that have a ton of potential.

B+

4.110 TJ Clemmings, OT, Pitts

5.143 MyCole Pruitt, TE, SIU

5.146 Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland

6.185 Tyrus Thompson, OT, Oklahoma

6.193 BJ Dubose, DE, Louisville

7.228 Austin Shepherd, OT, Alabama

7.232 Edmond Robinson, LB, Newberry

OVERALL GRADE: A

It's hard to not like this draft. The team got at least two starters on defense as well as another to contribute. They struck gold with their 4th and 5th round picks, and any of those guys could be eventual starters.


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1.9 Anthony Barr, DE / OLB, UCLA

He isn't a perfect scheme fit, but he is one heck of a pass rusher (maybe already the best on the team), and he is very clean despite being raw.

B

1.32 Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

Great pick. Bridgewater was the best QB in college the last two years, and has proven that he can take a crappy team and build with them. I hope he can adjust to the weather, and he will need to gain some bulk. Funny thing is that almost all of his complaints are the same ones that Aaron Rodgers had coming out.

A

3.72 Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

He isn't good at any one thing, but he is a great value here.

B+

3.96 Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern

Haven't heard of him? Well google him. He is an athletic freak that could play RB, safety, linebacker, or corner. When it is all said and done I think he is the backup runner for the team.

B

5.145 David Yankey, OG, Stanford

Awesome value.

6.182 Antone Exum, CB, VT

Another awesome value.

7.220 Shamar Stephen, DT, UConn

7.223 Brandon Watts, LB, GT

7.225 Jabari Price, CB, UNC



OVERALL GRADE: A

What an awesome draft. I actually have a friend that is a Vikings fan that disliked the draft, but there is no reason. The team walked away with the best overall QB in the draft. They also nailed two great pass rushers and depth at a lot of spots. The clear cut worst NFC team may have added four or five wins to their total next year, while also getting guys to develop into studs. 



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1.23 Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

I hated the Raiders potentially taking Floyd with the 3rd pick, but him going 23rd might be the best pick in the draft. Floyd is an amazing value with this pick, and the Vikes instantly have an answer inside for a while.

A++

1.25 Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

Xavier Rhodes is just the kind of corner that the Vikings needed to inject into their offense. He plays with a fire that a lot of their players lack.

A

1.29 Cordarrelle Patterson, WR Tennessee

Patterson may end up being the best receiver in the draft, but the Vikings gave up way too much for him. To give up a 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 7th pick to move up and get him is insane. A team that does this truly thinks that they are one player away from competing for a title now.

I just can't wait to see Christian Ponder toss a wicked 16-yard deep ball to Patterson next season.

C
 
4.120 Gerald Hodges, LB, Penn State

5.155 Jeff Locke, P, UCLA

6.196 Jeff Baca, G, UCLA

7.213 Michael Mauti, LB, Penn State

7.214 Travis Bond, G, UNC

7.229 Everett Dawkins, DT, FSU


OVERALL GRADE: B

I am so confused with this draft. The team went all in by grabbing three picks in the first round, and they got great value on the first two picks. They then traded the rest of their draft to go up and grab Cordarrelle Patterson. The team ended up with three instant starters and some ok depth throughout, but this draft felt like an all-in attempt by the Vikings.

 

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1.4 Matt Kalil, OT, USC

The best possible pick for the Vikings in the NFL draft was to get Matt Kalil to completely solidify the entire offensive line. He will likely move Loadholt in and Charlie Johnson over which will fix 3-4 positions. The run game will get better, and the pass game will allow Ponder some extra time. 

But when the team can move down one pick and get three extra picks to do so, then it is beyond perfect.

A++

1.29 Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame

The Vikings traded 2 day-two picks to get Harrison Smith which seems like a little too much to me. I can't hate the team's pick too much overall, but I think they could have done more by grabbing one of the studs that fell in the draft.

B-

3.66 Josh Robinson, CB, UCF

Josh Robinson is a guy that could have gone in the top-40 based on his athleticism and potential. The Vikings got him at a great spot at 66 which is top notch.

B+

4.118 Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas

The team needed to find some extra weapons for Christian Ponder and did so here with the pick of Wright. Decent value, and definitely a quality pick.

B+

4.128 Rhett Ellison, FB/TE, USC

This is the first pick that I don't love, but it's not a bad one at all. The team is getting a guy that will help instantly as a blocker, and he is able to catch the ball too.

4.134 Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas

Greg Childs is the most gifted of the three Arkansas receivers, but injuries made him fall. Great pick.

B

5.139 Robert Blaton, S, Notre Dame

When I think of great safety duos I think of the one that came from Notre Dame.... Oh wait. I don't get why Minnesota loves Notre Dame guys so much.

6.176 Blair Walsh, K, Georgia

7.210 Audie Cole, MLB, NC State

7.219 Trevor Guyton, DE, California


OVERALL GRADE: A

Wow. From top to bottom this was a great Viking draft. The team got Matt Kalil who will solidify the offensive line. They got two defensive backs that could start right away, a full back who will help the offense gel, and two receivers that will get some time. Pair that with great late round value and you have a top notch draft. 


 

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 Picks

1.12 Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State

Does anyone actually like this pick? The team clearly was going to take a QB here no matter what (remember the "we want an early QB quote from the coach), and when they got screwed out of Locker and Gabbert the team reached badly. In a normal draft Ponder would have maybe gone in the 4th round or later, and I just don't see any reason to use this pick on a QB if one isn't even close to worth it. The team, the quarterback, and the media has pretty much locked Ponder into a hand the ball off game manager, so why reach beyond repair for one in the 1st?

D
 
2.43 Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame

I actually mocked this one right for about the last month, so I can't hate on it. It actually makes a lot of sense to give a quarterback a tight end, and the team gets the best one in the draft.


 
4.106 Christian Ballard, DE, Iowa

Having seen every Iowa snap last year, I can't really defend why Ballard was ever a 2nd round player, but in the 4th round he is a great value. Sure he had the positive drug test, but all it really did was lower the price for the Vikings to nab him.

A 

 
5.139 Brandon Burton, CB, Utah

Another guy I thought should have gone much earlier. Great value and he helps add depth to a fairly weak DB core.

A
 
6.168 DeMarcus Love, OT/G, Arkansas

Yet another pick I really like. Love really killed his stock this offseason, but there is no reason why he wasn't drafted in the first five rounds.

A
  

6.170 Mistral Raymond, S, USF

There were a ton of values at safety in the 6th round. Raymond wasn't really one of them, but fills a need.

C+
 
6.172 Brandon Fusco, C, Slippery Rock

Fusco had been an intriguing center for a lot of people, and the Vikings definitely will find a way to use him.

B+
 
6.200 Ross Homan, OLB, Ohio State

Big need, good value.

B+
 
7.215 D'Aundre Reed, DE, Arizona

I can't hate the pick this late in the draft, but I just think Brooks Reed made D'Aundre Reed draftable.
 
B-
 
7.236 Stephen Burton, WR, West Texas A&M
 
Great way to close out the draft. Burton is a small school guy that really has a lot of potential to end up as the 'steal of the draft' at receiver.

A+
 
Draft Grade: A-

This team needed some stability at quarterback, and I'm not sold that Ponder is that guy. He isn't great at anything, has some injury history, and isn't a 4th quarter type winner. If the team expects to win now then this draft is iffy, but if they are looking to just get better then this draft is fantastic.

NEW GRADE: B+ 

I still absolutely hate the Christian Ponder pick (why draft a less talented, younger Kyle Orton when you can get the real think fairly cheap). But I see four or five different starters possibly out of this class, and even more guys that can contribute
.
 

Miami Dolphins

May 1, 2011
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1.13 Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

You have to feel for Tunsil. His entire world has exploded over the last couple of days. I hope he can get past the media and get onto being the enormous talent that he can be. Assuming he is clean then this is a steal

A+/F (time will tell)

2.38 Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor

The Dolphs did have to trade up for this, but my guess is that the Tunsil pick through them off of a corner they were targeting in round one.They did get a decent one though

B

3.73 Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama

I had a feeling that Drake would go a little early, but he has a lot of similar traits to Jay Ajayi.

B

3.86 Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers

I like Carroo, but this was a waste of a pick. The Dolphs traded two picks next year to get the pick, but the Dolphins do not need a receiver after taking one two straight first rounds.

OVERALL GRADE: B+

If the Dolphins walk away not regretting the Tunsil pick then they will be very happy. I don't think that the Dolphins did the right move drafting a number of off-the-field-risks give the instability of the overall team.

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1.14 DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

No complaints here. The team may have had other needs, but they get a good prospect with a ton of talent here. He could easily be this year's ODB on a team with a very interesting offense. 

B+

2.52 Jordan Phillips, NT, Oklahoma

Phillips is a top-10 pick when he wants to be, and hopefully the Dolphins can get the most out of him. They got a couple of picks for the process too.

B

4.114 Jamil Douglas, OG, AZ St

5.145 Bobby McCain, CB, Memphis

5.149 Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise St

5.150 Cedric Thompson, FS, Minnesota

5.156 Tony Lippett, WR, Michigan St

OVERALL GRADE: C+

I like the Parker pick early, but it quickly fell from there. The team got some ok depth picks, but they have some clearer needs that didn't get much attention. Luckily they bought a lot of guys in free agency.

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1.19 Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee

Barf. First of all the value is terrible. James wasn't even the 5th best tackle left on the board, and he was taken at least a round too early. The Saints and Browns also traded back up at picks 20 and 22. How the hell did they not figure out a way to fall back at least a few picks to get something for their troubles. 

Secondly, James wasn't even the best tackle on Tennessee in the draft, and the other guy wasn't drafted. Why would you take an (at best) RT with the 19th pick? This is not a team that can be taking luxury picks.

D (only because they filled a need)

2.63 Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

This pick is a lot better. Landry was the better LSU receiver on the field last year, and he is a decent value here.

B

3.67 Billy Turner, OT, ND State

Funny thing is that I might have taken Turner over Ju'Wuan. Turner is raw, but has some experience.

B

4.125 Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty

5.155 Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia

5.171 Jordan Tripp, LB, Wyoming

6.190 Matt Hazel, WR, Coastal Carolina

7.234 Terrence Fede, DE Marist


OVERALL GRADE: C-

This team did a good job of hitting their needs, but that is about it. This team needed to walk away with some sure thing stability, but took a 3rd round RT at 19. They then got a slow receiver, and a small school tackle. This team is starting to get into a make-or-break point and this was not the draft they wanted.


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1.3 Dion Jordan, DE/LB, Oregon

The Dolphins found what they thought was the best player in the draft and they got him. Jordan has a ton of potential, and it was more than worth it for them to give up a 2nd rounder to get him.

C+

2.54 Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

I really like this pick. The team cannot let Nolan Carroll start any more, and Taylor is a great value here.

B+

3.77 Dallas Thomas, OT/G, Tennessee

The team needed to get an extra guard, and they grabbed a great one here. This pick essentially is what they got for Brandon Marshall which is sort of sad.

B

3.93 Will Davis, CB, Utah State
 
The team is double dipping at corner which I'm a fan of. But I think that they could have gotten someone better with this pick. 

C

4.104 Jelani Jenkins, DE/LB, Florida

4.106 Dion Sims, TE, Mich State


5.164 Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida

5.166 Caleb Sturgis, K, Florida

7.250 Don Jones, S, Arkansas State


OVERALL GRADE: A

I don't think that this is the draft that will put the Dolphins over the top, but the team could shape out to be very good. They still need the right (or left) tackle to round out their offensive line, and I do truly believe that they need some help in the run game. But overall I like this draft. The team found a guy that will help at guard (or RT), an instant starter at DE, and two to four other guys that could start games next year. This team already had a defense worth talking about, and this is the kind of draft that gives them hope.

 

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1:8 Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA. I was going to research and mention all of the first round quarterbacks that the team skipped before taking Tannehill, but I don't have that much time.

In all reality, the Dolphins might be able to get a good pick if they sit him for two years. But in all reality the team would have been better with Matt Flynn.

C

2.42 Jonathon Martin, OT, Stanford

Jonathon Martin is a guy that arguably was one of the top-10 players in the draft. He has LT potential, and at worst will slot in and excel at guard. Great pick, and great value.

A

3.72 Olivier Vernon, DE, Miami

I absolutely have no love for this pick. Vernon had only 1.5 sacks last year, and only had 3 sacks against D1 teams in the other two years he played in college. He is too light to play DT (or DE in the 3-4), and he isn't a pass rusher. Besides that his value wasn't great.

D

3.78 Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri

The Dolphins grabbed a 6th rounder to move back a bit which helps, and they also got a legit tight end to plug in. Good overall pick.

B+

4.97 Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

I know that running back wasn't a huge need for the team, but they got a guy that might end up as the best rusher on the team. Miller could have easily gone in the 2nd round without question.

A

5.155 Josh Kaddu, LB, Oregon

Kaddu was a quiet guy in the draft pool, but he is worth the 5th round pick. He won't be a pro bowler, but he is a special teams guy that will get some snaps in the game.

B

6.183 B.J Cunningham, WR, Michigan State

And your starting receiver in 2012 just might be....

B (for value, F for taking this long to get a guy)

7.215 Kheeston Randall, DT, Texas

7.227 Rishard Matthews, WR, Nevada


OVERALL GRADE: C-

I'm not necessarily down on this draft because of the Tannehill pick (although I don't like it), but the team just didn't get it. They severely reached on Tannehill, but then got a steal in Jonathon Martin. They then reached on a couple of 3rd round picks but ended up with a steal in Lamar Miller. The team theoretically might not have gotten a starter for 2012, and they really failed to get a receiver. The team realistically needs to find two starting receivers, so it made no sense for them to reach on a tight end and a defensive end in the 3rd. 



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Picks

1.15 Mike Pouncey, C/G, Miami

Ignoring my personal opinions of Pouncey (doesn't have the technique to play center, not strong or long armed enough toI play guard, and just isn't his brother) I don't like the Pouncey pick. I understand that the team wants to improve the interior for the run game and for the QB, and understand that OG value is slightly raised because this is a 3-4 division, but a guard this early is just dumb for a team that had other needs. I understand the team not desperately reaching for a quarterback, but reaching on a number of guys could have helped this team more.

C

2.62 Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State

I am ok with the team taking Daniel Thomas because they like his Wildcat potential, but I don't know how he is a can't miss guy worth trading up for. The team should have really looked at Ryan Mallett here.

B-

4.111 Edmund Gates, WR, ACU

I'm ok with the team taking a receiver, especially a guy like Gates.

B

6.174 Charles Clay, FB/TE, Tulsa

Whether the team uses Clay as a FB or a TE I like the pick.

B+
 
7.231 Frank Kearse, DE/DT, Alabama A&M

Can't complain about a team adding defensive line depth with a sleeper like Kearse.

B

7.235 Jimmy Wilson, CB, Montana

A good story pick and corner depth never hurts.

B

Draft Grade: C-

I dislike this draft for two reasons. The team didn't walk away that much better. They added a couple of guys that could see some time, but I don't know if adding an interior player and a rusher will make up for the fact that the team is losing its duo of rushers. Secondly the team passed on its biggest need at QB. The team gave up on Henne last year when they decided to put Chad Pennington in over him. The team needed a QB badly, but after watching the draft you have to wonder if they are just waiting to try and get Kevin Kolb. With the trade up into the 2nd round the team needed to draft Ryan Mallett. Mallett would be fantastic behind Miami's offensive line, and no team that drafts a QB in the 2nd round has a commitment to that player as the face of the franchise (see Henne). 


NEW GRADE: D+

The team got a few guys that will start, and a few that will contribute, but ignoring the QB problem is a... problem. If the team had taken even a guy like Ricky Stanzi in the 4th then they would have gotten some hope for the 2011 season. 
 
 

Kansas City Chiefs

May 1, 2011
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2.37 Chris Jones, DE/DT, Mississippi State

Chris Jones was a late riser in the process, but he is a fair pick here. He has a ton of potential, and can be a very good addition to a defense that needs a little young blood.

B

3.74 Keivarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame

This is a tiny bit early for Russell, but still in his range. He definitely fits a range as well.

B+

OVERALL GRADE: B

No complaints on this one. The Chiefs may not have found many starters, but they found good defensive draft. I do think that their offense needs more attention sooner than later before they become a huge liability.

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1.18 Marcus Peters, CB, Washington

Peters fills a fair need and this is a slight steal for his talent, but he does have some major character issues that will need sorted. Luckily Reid is pretty good at fixing them.

B

2.49 Mitch Morse, OL, Mizzou

Morse will likely end up playing center which is a good move for the team. Unfortunately this is way too early (at least a round, but I would say two) for him. 

C+

3.76 Chris Conley, WR, Georgia

Conley has a ton of potential and could end up being a contributor right away for the team that was pathetic last year.

B

3.98 Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State

The 300th small corner in the draft, and yet another one with a good set of skills and potential.

B

4.118 Ramik Wilson, LB, Georgia

5.172 DJ Alexander, LB, Oregon State

5.173 James O'Shauhnessy, TE, Ill St

6.217 Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DT, Southern Miss

7.233 Da'Ron Brown, WR, NIU

OVERALL GRADE: B

Overall the team got a lot better on defense, especially in the pass game. But this is a team that really needed to walk away with some playmakers on offense as well.



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1.23 Dee Ford, DE/LB, Auburn

I am so happy that the Chiefs got to address their need at backup pass rusher. The team has two pro bowlers rushing the passer, but have some holes at receiver, guard, right tackle, and corner. Why the heck are they taking luxury picks, and why the heck are they reaching on them?

C-

3.87 Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice

No complaints here. I don't think he has the impact that some other guys could have had, but he will get some good use.

B

4.124 De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon

Awesome. They needed a change of pace tool.

5.163 Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

Perfect. Murray is a potential stud.

6.193 Zach Fulton, G, Tennesee

6.200 Laurent Duvernet-Tardif, OT, McGill


I love this pick. Duvernet-Tardif is possibly the first overall pick in the CFL draft, and he is an extremely good value here.

OVERALL GRADE: B-

This is the Benjamin Button of drafts. How the hell does the team finish up so good on day three, but suck on day one. This team needed to take the next step, but walked away with zero starters and some depth.

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1.1 Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

Wow. This is why the team is picking 1st overall. The team took a great right tackle with blindside potential to pair up with a guy on a franchise tag. Instead of getting a more polished prospect that took on the best talent in the country the Chiefs took a guy who had slightly better workouts, despite the fact that the toughest team he faced last year was Iowa.

If they keep Brandon Albert then this pick will be dumb because he will play right tackle, and if they trade Albert then they took the wrong guy to protect the blind side. I just don't see how Fisher is a good pick.
 
C-

3.63 Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati

The team is clearly building around Alex Smith which is the right thing to do. Too bad their QB in  Alex Smith.

B
 
3.96 Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas

Knile Davis has the 2nd best skill set of any offensive player in this draft, but injuries and a bad season really knocked him off his game. If he can rebound though then look for a huge steal here.
 
 B


4.99 Nico Johnson, CB, Alabama

5.134 Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia


6.170 Eric Kush, C, Cal-PA

6.204 Brandon Wilson, FB, Kansas State

7.207 Mike Catapano, DE, Princeton


OVERALL GRADE: F+

Here is another draft that I hate. It isn't often that I see a team with the 1st overall pick come out of the draft with so little value, but that's what I see here. The team took a great RT with LT potential because they still have Brandon Albert. This is great if they don't lose Albert, but also insanely dumb because you don't draft a small school RT 1st overall.

Travis Kelce will help contribute and he might be the best pick of theirs, but while I like Knile Davis a lot he was a fringe 4th round pick because he is a luxury hit-or-miss runner. The team will probably end up winning 6-9 wins next year, but it will not be because of this draft.
 
 
 
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1.11 Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis

I nailed this pick in my final mock, but I'm not going to give it as much love as some may. The team's biggest need was a nose tackle, but they are making a huge reach here. I think they would have been better off pulling the trade off with the Eagles and getting him a few picks later, but they filled a need and got a potential all star.

B-

2.44 Jeff Allen, OT, Illinois

I actually like the pick. Allen has some potential to play tackle in the NFL, but he also has potential to slide in and dominate. Either way I like the pick, and it is fair value.

B+

3.74: Donald Stephenson, OT, Oklahoma

I like it when teams get offensive line help, but Stephenson is a slight reach here. Again I won't complain too much because the idea was there to help the entire offense.

C+

4.107 Devon Wylie, WR, Fresno State

I like that the team got an offensive weapon here, but I think Wylie was a slight reach with other talent on the board. 

C

5.146 DeQuan Menzie, CB, Alabama

Menzie didn't have the impact at corner that a lot of other had, but he was a solid value here that some thought could have gone in the 3rd round.

B+

6.182 Cyrus Gray, RB, TAMU

7.218 Jerome Long, DE/DT, SD State

7.238 Jerome Simpson, WR, Michigan



OVERALL GRADE: B

Overall this wasn't too bad of a draft for the Chiefs. They got a good blend of potential and value while also touching on quite a few of their needs. At worst the team found three guys that can start. 

 
 
 
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 Picks

1.26 Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh

I really love this pick. The team was able to trade back just a couple of spot for this pick and got a receiver that I am very high on. If Baldwin embraces the coaching staff and the team then he could be the best receiver from this draft class. Overall the pick fills a need, and the team got some extra value to move back a little.

A

2.55 Rodney Hudson, OG/C, Florida State

Another very good pick. The team gets a guy that should instantly start on the interior.

B+

3.70 Justin Houston, DE/LB, Georgia

Wow. The team got this pick from the Browns to move back six places, and what a great pick it was. Houston could have gone in the top-20 if it weren't for a late break that he failed his combine drug test. An absolute steal, and a free pick.

A+
 
3.86 Allen Bailey, DE/DT, Miami

2012 is a contract year for Glenn Dorsey. Tyson Jackson still is a questionable pick. The team needed a security blanket for this year, and for next. Great value too.

A+

4.118 Jalil Brown, CB, Colorado

I can't complain too much here. I figured some team would think that Brown's "average" college career was because nobody smartly threw to Jimmy Smith. I like the pick, but don't love it.

B- 

5.135 Ricky Stanzi, QB, Iowa

Matt Cassel is fine enough, but I don't think the team sees him as a franchise guy. Getting a capable developmental guy was a great pick up.

B+

5.140 Gabe Miller, DE/LB, Oregon State

I am an Oregon grad that saw about every other OSU game, and I don't even really remember Miller being that good. A two year starter that isn't that great at pass rushing isn't a great equation for a pass rushing LB.

D

6.199 Jerrell Powe, NT, Ole Miss

Wow. A perfect pick for a perfect need, for a perfect value. Powe was neck and neck for first NT taken before the season, but was asked to change his NT technique. He should have been a 4th round pick, and he fits a major need.

A+

7.223 
 Shane Bannon, FB, Yale


Leave it to Yale to produce a pro fullback. I'm sure he'd be a steal back in 1934.

B

Draft Grade: A

I try not to give many A+ grades in my rankings, but the Chiefs got three this year. It really sucks too because I am a Raiders fan. The team fixed their issue at receiver while also getting Justin Houston for free. They found potential starters in the 5th and 6th rounds, and they covered their butts at defensive end. They also took guys that bleed potential, while also finding ways to instantly help the team. Bravo...jerks 

NEW GRADE: A

Three potential instant starters and five more that I think could start down the road. Great value on most picks, and smart trading. I don't know why so many people thought this draft was average. 

 
 

Jacksonville Jaguars

May 1, 2011
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1.5 Jalen Ramsey, CB, FSU

I don't love Ramsey like others do, but in this poor draft he was the best corner prospect, and overall a very good piece. The Jags walk away instantly better.

A

2.36 Myles Jack, LB, UCLA


The pick of the draft. If the Jags had taken Jack at 5 nobody would have given them any grief outside of 'potential' injury. To get him a round later is a pure steal, and the Jags have a great draft.

A+++

3.69 Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Maryland

Another great pick. Good value, adds good depth, and a good value.

A

4.103 Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame

How Day was available is unreal. Another GIANT steal.

OVERALL GRADE: A++

This is arguably the best draft I've seen. The Jags walked away with four defensive starters, two of which could contend for DROY. Two years from now I expect these four players to be just part of the best young defense in the league.

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1.3 Dante Fowler, DE/LB, Florida

A lot of teams had Fowler as the best defensive player in the draft and it makes sense. He doesn't have a million sacks, but he is a spectacular edge rusher that fits the team perfectly. They fill their biggest need with arguably the 2nd best player in the draft.

A

2.36 TJ Yeldon, RB, Alabama

This is definitely a tad early for Yeldon, but he is a strong runner with good potential. 

B

3.6 A.J Cann, OG, South Carolina

The Jags are nailing down solid talent here and an upgrade at guard is great.

B+

4.104 James Sample, S, Louisville

5.139 Rashad Greene, WR, FSU

6.180 Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State

7.220 Neal Sterling, WR, Monmouth

7.229 Ben Koyack, TE, Notre Dame

OVERALL GRADE: A+

This is a great draft. The team got 2-3 instant starters and possibly 6 total starters. The defense got clearly better from this draft, and the offense got much better in all stages.

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1.3 Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

Great pick. The team gets an instant upgrade at quarterback, but also a guy that they can ease into the starting gig if they want to. At the end of the day football starts with a quarterback, and they haven't had a real one for a very long time.

A

2.39 Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Wow. That's the easiest way for me to explain it. I hope Gene Smith was watching the last few nights as the Jags clearly have learned how to start picking guys. Lee was arguably the 3rd best receiver in the draft, and at his prime could easily be the best guy from the class. Biggest need hits best player available.

A++

2.61 Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

Wow again. This team clearly understands what they need to do. They got a different taste of receiver to build around Bortles, and statistically one of the two guys they drafted will hit. Again need hits one of the best guys on the board.

A

3.93 Brandon Linder, OG, Miami

Yes and no. I love that the Jags are getting some line help for Bortles, but Linder wasn't the guy. Linder is the kind of depth-monster that could be found in the 5th.

B-

4.114 Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma

Good pick here. 

5.144 Telvin Smith, LB, FSU

How the hell was he still available?

5.159 Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas

Chris Smith was a 3rd round quality pass rusher. Steal

6.205 Luke Bowanko, C, Virginia

7.222 Storm Johnson, RB, UCF

Another steal. Johnson should have stayed another year, but he is a late round stud. He might be the best runner on the team.

OVERALL GRADE: A

Wow. Easy as that. The team got the safest QB in the draft who can actually sit and wait to start. They then got the best route runner in Marquise Lee, a gamechanger in Allen Robinson, depth on their line, three possible defensive starters, and runner that could be the next Alfred Morris. Possibly seven starters from this draft, and four long term ones.


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1.2 Luke Joeckal, OT, TAMU

The Jags are getting a really good left tackle with this pick. Unfortunately the pick will give Blaine Gabbert extra time to locate the most opportunistic safety.

B-

2.33 Jonathan Cyprien, S, FIU

Ignoring the fact that the team has no quarterback, this is a really good pick for a team that needs weapons everywhere.

B+

3.64 Dwayne Gratz, CB, UConn

I like them going with a corner. But unfortunately they got a 5th rounder here. They didn't even get the best corner from UConn.

D-

4.101 Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina

5.135 Denard Robinson, WR, Michigan


6.169 Josh Evans, S, Florida

7.208 Jeremy Harris, CB, NM State

7.210 Demetrius McCray, CB, Appalachian State


OVERALL GRADE: F-

This is another draft that I just don't get. I don't love the Joeckal pick, but I understand taking a great LT to build a team around, especially given the fact that the team finished in the bottom 30 in terms of QB hits and sacks allowed. But the team could have easily gotten a RT later on in the draft (or in free agency) that would have solidified the line too. 

 Like I said, I'm ok with the Joeckal pick, but I just don't love it, especially since Dion Jordan needed to be the guy. This team finished dead last in sacks last season, and all but four other teams finished with over 50% more sacks, and 8 teams finished with more than double their total number of sacks. And guess what? The team didn't draft a front-seven defensive player at all! That cannot be forgiven. 


The final issue i had was with the rest of the offensive players taken. The team drafted two receivers that I do like, but they needed to find help rushing the ball, especially given the fact that Denard Robinson (one of those two receivers) might have to start at RB if MJD goes down. And finally, why the HELL did this team not draft a QB. I don't care that they got Matt Scott and Jordan Rodgers as UDFA, because they had to commit to one of them even in the 7th round. The team had to commit to something outside of Gabbert and Henne and they failed at that. 

Overall the team found two starters with their two first picks at two of the three positions that were deepest in this draft. Just imagine if the team had walked out with Dion Jordan, Geno Smith, and Terron Armstead with their first three picks? What about Dion Jordan, Cyprien, Armstead and then Matt Barkley with their first four picks? They touch on all of their needs and add the hope that their fans deserve.

 

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1.5 Justin Blackmon, WR, OK State

When it is all said and done, Blackmon may have been the perfect pick for the team. He adds a major threat for a young QB, and he gives the team a fighting chance on offense. They had to give up a 4th rounder to do it, but a good pick overall. Statistically speaking pencil in Brian Quick on the next pick...

A-

2.38 Andre Branch, DE, Clemson

I can't complain here. Branch was arguably the best pass rusher, and the team didn't go with a small school reach either. 

B+

3.70 Bryan Anger, P, Cal

I will be the first person to say that drafting punters and kickers in the draft is sometimes a good idea. But you don't EVER severely reach for on to do so. And you don't EVER do it when your team has a lot of other needs. It almost comes off like the Jaguars think that they have so few needs that they could reach on the punter.

Grade: Even Bryan Anger thought it was a bad pick 

5.142 Brandon Marshall, OLB, Nevada

I'm mixed on this pick. The team got a guy that was an ok 5th round pick, but there were much better guys on the board that they could have taken.

B-

6.176 Mike Harris, CB, FSU

7.228 Jeris Pendleton, DT, Ashland


 
OVERALL GRADE: D

Gene Smith needs to be fired. He has gotten to a point where he drafts at the level that Matt Millen used to drive the Lions to the ground. Since he became the official GM in 2009 he hasn't drafted a single pro bowl player. He too often reaches on talent from small schools, and he doesn't understand positional value well. He drafted a very raw Blaine Gabbert and cut the still talented David Garrard, and he is killing the team. 

He started the draft out pretty well by getting talent on both sides of the ball, but then drove the team down a shady path. I am one of the biggest fans of drafting kickers/punters in the draft, but there is no reason to EVER take one in the third round, especially when you have one of the least talented teams in football. Gene smith actually thinks that his team is close to making the playoffs, when they are actually closer to becoming a team in L.A.


 



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Picks

 1:10 Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

It really is funny that the best overall QB in terms of "ready" goes to the team that can sit him. I like the pick, but time will tell whether he is an upgrade over David Garrard.

B+
 
3.76 Will Rackley, OG, Lehigh

A classic Jags pick. Small school guy that fills a need. 

B+

4.114 Cecil Shorts, WR, Mount Union

A small school receiver is a pretty good pick here. The last Mount Union receiver to come out is one of Peyton's favorite targets.

B+ 


4.121 Chris Prosinki, S, Wyoming

Prosinki is a small school guy that has the tools to play corner. He plays safety though because his technique doesn't translate. Way too early to get picked.

C

5.147 Rod Issac, CB, Middle Tennessee

Ok I get the point with the small school guys! Small school talents are great because you can get them a little cheaper than the big name schools, but overly reaching for them is a waste.

Draft Grade: C

Is this really the best the Jags could do? They find a QB for the future, a guard that can start now, a decent receiver, and two small school backups in their DB corps? The team didn't get that much better from the draft for 2011, and I don't know how this pushes the team to the playoffs.

 

Indianapolis Colts

May 1, 2011
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1.18 Ryan Kelly, OC, Alabama

I actually like this pick a lot. It isn't sexy, but he will help make Luck a better (and safer) QB for the next 10 years. Kelly was arguably the best prospect in the draft at his position. The Colts do need to draft an entire defense though

B+

2.57 TJ Green, S, Florida

Green was a very late riser in the process, and he arguably won the combine. He is very raw, but he should be able to compete for a job soon.

B

3.82 Le'Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech

Who would have thought that you should protect your QB? Great pick. Great value.

A

OVERALL GRADE: B+

The Colts clearly knew that they had to get some help for Luck in this draft, and fixing their offensive line helps Luck stay up while also helping the rest of the offense click.

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1.29 Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami

Dorsett is kind of like a better version of TY Hilton, but I won't complain here. Andrew Luck loves a vertical attack and he now has two blazing playmakers to pair with Andre. I also love that the team is willing to build weapons for Luck.

A-

3.65 DJ Smith, CB, FAU

He can cover. He can tackle. Good pick here, and they got a little back to fall back and land him. He isn't tall, but he is a solid playmaker.

A

3.93 Henry Anderson, DE, Stanford

A very slight reach here, but never hurt a team for taking edge depth.

B+

4.109 Clayton Geathers, S, UCF

5.151 David Perry, NT, Stanford

6.205 Josh Robinson, RB, Miss St

6.207 Amarlo Herrera, LB, Georgia

7.255 Denzell Goode, OT, Mars Hill

OVERALL GRADE: B+

This is the first grade that I have been willing/able to give the Colts in the last 3 years, and there is a reason why. The team got good talent on both sides of the field, and while they could have gone other ways there is no complaining here.


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2.59 Jack Mewhort, OT, OSU

Not sexy, but Mewhort is a great value pick here.

B+

3.90 Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss

Another non-sexy pick with good value.

B+

5.166 Jonathan Newsome, DE, Ball State

6.203 Andrew Jackson, LB, Western Kent

7.232 Ulrick John, OT, Georgia State


OVERALL GRADE: _____

This is the second straight year where the Colts get a blank grade, because it was that forgettable. Please read the review from last year below.

The fact of the matter is that team walked away with maybe two guys that get time and maybe one starter. This is the 2nd offseason where the team has just gotten some guys, and unfortunately the team is an Andrew Luck injury away from a 1st overall pick.

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1.24 Bjoern Werner, DE, FSU

Werner was one of the safest defensive players in the draft and the Colts got him at a really good place here. He won't become a 15 sack guy, but he should get you 5-8 a year easily.

B+
 
3.86 Hugh Thornton, OG, Illinois

This might be a little early for Thornton, but it is a solid overall pick. They fill a need and they get an ok value for it.

B-

4.121 Khaled Holmes, C, USC

5.139 Montori Hughes, DT, Tennessee-Martin


6.192 John Boyett, S, Oregon

7.230 Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State

7.254 Justice Cunningham, TE, South Carolina


OVERALL GRADE: ____

No, I didn't forget to give a grade, this is just a draft worth forgetting. In fact, I'm not a fan of the entire Colts offseason. They added a ton of backup-caliber players and gave them time consuming (not necessarily big money) contracts. This is the kind of offseason that the Jags and Raiders are having, but this is a team that went to the playoffs last year.

This draft was one of the most forgettable ones ever. Bjoern Werner is the only players really worth mentioning, and he is a project fit into the Colts new defense. I hate to say it, but this team resembles some of the teams that Peyton Manning carried to the playoffs, and I just don't know why they would continue the age old tradition of having only one elite player.


 
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Picks

1.1 Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

I can't blame the Colts one bit for drafting Andrew Luck, but there is still a feeling in my stomach that the team could have done so much more with the pick surplus that the Rams got to build around Manning.

A

2.34 Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

It's not often that you see a team take the player that caught balls from his college QB, but this pick made sense. The Colts needed tight end help badly, and Fleener was the best in the draft.

B+

3.64 Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson

The Colts get their second tight end of the draft. It's not a terrible move given the number of two-TE sets forming in the NFL, and Andrew Luck has to love it.

B+

3.92 T.Y Hilton, WR, FIU

Hilton was a sleeper for a lot of guys, and he makes sense to Indy, but there were other guys on the board that made more sense. It looks like the Colts want to build a powerhouse offense to challenge the divisional defenses.

C+

5.136 Josh Chapman, DT/NT, Alabama

The team never found much talent at defensive tackle under the former (overrated) GM Bill Polian, and I could see Chapman starting sooner than later.

B+

5.170 Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State

You can pretty much take what I said about Chapman and apply it to Ballard and the running back position. 


B+

6.206 LaVon Brazill, WR, Ohio

7.208 Justin Anderson, OG, Georgia

7.214 Tim Fugger, OLB, Vanderbilt

7.253 Chandler Harnish, QB, NIU


 
OVERALL GRADE: A

This is a draft that is so much different than Bill Polian's. The team found a QB for the future, three receiving players that will help ease Luck very well into the league, and great value throughout the draft. The team realistically may have found six different starters.
 
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Picks

1.22 Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

I had long said that the team hasn't gone OT in the first round in a LONG time, and I am so happy that I got this pick wrong in my mock. The team gets a good value guy, and they fill probably their biggest need.

A
 
1.49 Ben Ijalana, OT/G, Villanova

Now Polian is just rubbing the salt into my wound. Ijalana is another great value, and at worst he will be guard. There is a chance though that he beats out Castonzo at LT over time.


 
3.87 Drake Nevis, DT, LSU

I would make a Bill Polian DT joke, but he got a guy that really could have gone a little sooner. Another good pick.

B+
 
4.119 Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse

I really like this pick. Carter really struck fire from December until now, and he could add some very good depth.

B+
 
6.188 Chris Rucker, CB, Michigan State

Here is the annual 'eh' corner back pick from Polian. I can't hate it too much because it fits a need and is a late round pick.

B-

Draft Grade: B+

 The Colts found two guys that will instantly help Peyton Manning, and they also find a couple of guys to help bolster depth. This is maybe the quietest, least risky draft out there, but the Colts are ok with that.

NEW GRADE: A-

I really loved the fact that the team focused on protecting Peyton Manning with their first two picks. The rest of the picks will hopefully get some playing time, but it is key to know that Peyton has insurance now. 

 

Houston Texans

April 30, 2011
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1.21 Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

Holy shit. The Texans have needed a QB and a WR2 in the draft early since.... well the entire franchise has been around. I don't love captain Dropsy, but I love the pick.

A-

2. Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame

I love this Texans draft so far. Helping a QB? Who would have thought of that plan?

3.85 Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State

I LOVE this pick. Don't be shocked when Braxton steals the job from Fuller in a year or two.


OVERALL GRADE: A+

Phenomenal draft. The Texans have needed to do this to their passing game since the start of the franchise. They got a new center for their new QB, and two receivers that can take pressure off of their stud. This will help the run game, and the better offense will keep the defense fresh and hungry. The Texans could truly be a contender now.

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1.16 Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest

Johnson is a terrific corner with some very good skills, and he does help to solidify against three very talented (and very young) quarterbacks in the division. 

B

2.43 Bednarick McKinney, MLB, Miss St

They gave up 2 picks to move up for him and he was the 4th best MLB in the draft. He has some good potential, but they didn't need to trade up.

C-

3.70 Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona St

They could have taken him in the 1st round and still would have gotten a B- from me. He fills a need. He has a ton of upside, and his value here is insane.

A+

5.175 Keith Mumphery, WR, Mich St

6.211 Reshard Cliett, LB, USF

6.216 Christian Covington, DT, Rice

7.235 Kenny Hilliard, RB, LSU

OVERALL GRADE: D+++

I actually liked most of their picks, and most of them fill needs at fair values. So why the grade? Because the team refuses to address their QB issue. I don't like Bryce Petty, but he might be able to start for this team. This team cannot continue to think that they can win this division (or conference) with Fitzpatricks and Savages.


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1.1 Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

I get it, and I can't dock them for taking him, but a freak athlete with no heart is not what the team wanted. He quit during the season, he didn't try in practice, he didn't try at the combine, and he took games (not just plays) off. Sure if you can tap into his potential you will be great, but the Texans already had a great defense last year and won only 2 games. At the end of the day the team is ready to win now, but they need a QB, not a freak athlete.

You can bring up how Mario Williams was the right pick, but the team won 0 playoff games with him, and he ran for money years later.

B

2.33 Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA

Another pick that I like in terms of talent and general talent, but we all know that Derek Carr should have been the pick.

B

3.65 C.J Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa

Again the value hits the need. But this team needs a kick in the mouth.

B

3.83 Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame

Great pick. Best player available that happens to fill a general enough need.

A+

4.135 Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh/Rutgers/Arizona

Barf. I don't get this guy's hype. He played at 3 schools in college, and only had 432 completions total.His TD-INT ratio was ok 2-1, but he was a 57% completion thrower with a lousy 7-YPA average. 

Pair in the fact that he can't keep a team and that he isn't very athletic and you have an ok 7th round pick.

6.177 Jeoffery Pagan, DE, Alabama

6.181 Alfred Blue, RB, LSU

6.211 Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn

7.216 Andre Hal, CB, Vandy

7.256 Lonnie Ballentine, S, Memphis



OVERALL GRADE: D

Sure the team got some great weapons, and the first four picks they made will all contribute. But at the end of the day they are a team ready to compete in a terrible AFC, except that they are too stubborn to address the real need at QB. Sure they have a coach that can develop a guy, but this isn't a team like the Raiders that have time to develop a guy. 

The team has needed a QB with superbowl potential since David Carr (barf I know!), and to really be fair the team has never had a QB. I really like Xavier Su'a-Filo, but why get a guard when you can get Derek Carr? Why not give up a pick to jump back up and get Jimmy Garropollo? Why not trade for Ryan Mallett, and why not draft more than one QB prospect.

This team can have the best 23 man roster in the league, but they won't win until they have a real QB.


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1.27 DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

No. I have waited years for the Texans to learn that they have to improve their offense, and I never believed that they would do it. Now all they need is a QB with some 'it' power.

A

2.57 D.J Swearinger, S, South Carolina

I really like this pick. The team needed a guy to par with Ed Reed and they got him easily with Swearinger.

B

3.89 Brennan Williams, OT, UNC

Good value, fills a need. Can't complain.

B+

3.95 Sam Montgomery, DE/LB, LSU

There was once a time where Montgomery was a top-5 pick, so there is some obvious potential. His value is fine here too.

B

4.124 Trevardo Williams, DE/LB, UConn

6.176 David Quessenberry, OT, San Jose State

Great value here. There were guys that had him as one of their top-100 prospects.

6.195 Alen Bonner, WR, Jacksonville State

6.198 Chris Jones, DT, Bowling Green

6.201 Ryan Griffin, TE, UConn


OVERALL GRADE: A

If this was any other team drafting this it would be a B+ but the Texans get an A. They have needed a receiver across from Andre Johnson since they drafted him, and the finally got one. They then awarded themselves for it by getting a top of good depth throughout the rest of the draft, and at a great value. 

 I do think that the team will still be limited on offense though. They still need one more element at receiver/tight end (although I LOVE Lestar Jean, Keshawn Martin, Jeff Maehl and DeVier Posey as players that can fill in). The team is lethal running the ball, but they could afford to get a speed rusher to mix up the power punch that they have now. And finally I really wish that they had more depth at QB. They have a capable starter in Schaub and a ton of 3rd stringers for depth, but they need someone to push Schaub to his fullest.


 
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1:26 Whitney Mercilus, DE/LB, Illinois

This pick was way too obvious. The team needs a wide receiver desperately, but they of course went with a defensive player (and the best pass rusher available). Not a terrible pick, but too obvious.

B-

3.68 Devier Posey, WR, Ohio State

The Texans were able to get a 4th out of a trade to fall back some, but the pick for Posey that they made was a bit iffy. Posey has a ton of potential to succeed, but he is a huge risk for the team. The team would have been better off getting a lessor risk like Rueben Randle.

C+

3.76 Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami-OH

Brooks was a guy that most thought would go in this range, so it is a decent overall pick for the Texans who lost some guys on their line to free agency.

B

4.99 Ben Jones, OC, Georgia

The Texans lost a lot of talent on their line this offseason, so getting a quality guy like Jones is great here.

B+

4.121 Keyshawn Martin, WR, Michigan State

The Texans needed to find extra receiver depth, and Martin's range is pretty close to here.

B

4.126. DE/DT, Jared Crick, Nebraska

Crick was once a 1st round guy, so if the Texans can get the best out of him they will have a steal.

B

5.161 Randy Bullock, K, TAMU

I'm not a huge fan of Bullock's, but he is a kicker with good potential and he will be a possible upgrade next year.

B-

6.195 Nick Mondek, OT, Purdue

 
OVERALL GRADE: B-

This was a mostly predictable Texans draft, but I can't support their desire to not take the next step going forward. The team's biggest need if you asked almost anyone was a receiver (something I've actually been saying for years), and they decided to take.... DeVier Posey. Posey has potential, but nobody had Posey in their top-100, and some thought that he would go undrafted. Add in some good late talent, and you have a draft that is good, but not spectacular.
  


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 Picks

1.11 JJ Watt, DE/DT, Wisconsin

Some thought that the Texans would be set at defensive end, but with a need at NT. I have thought that the team would be better off finding an upgrade at DE while putting a guy (like JJ Watt) across from Mario WIlliams, and next to (NT) Amobi Okoye. I'm not saying that I'm right, but it appears that the team likes the second option going forward.

B+
 
2.42 Brooks Reed, DE/LB, Arizona

Another pick to love. Reed was worth a top-20 pick, and is the Clay Matthews type of player to match their Cushing.

A
 
2.60 Brandon Harris, CB, Miami

Another pick I really love. Harris was the third best corner in the draft, and is a steal here. He also could have gone to the Ravens in the first round and there wouldn't have been too many questions.

A

4.127 Rashad Carmichael, CB, Virginia Tech

I don't love Carmichael, but he was a good talent and got good value. The team also is fixing a major issue.

B+
 
5.144 Shiloh Keo, S, Idaho

Another guy that could have gone earlier that fills a need. This team really made it a priority to fix their defensive issues.

B
 
5.152 T.J. Yates, QB, UNC

I just don't get the TJ Yates hype. Yates almost got beat out last year by a much younger guy, and he never had a great offense despite numerous talented players around him.

D
  

7.214 Derek Newton, OT, Arkansas State

Derek Newton was a sleeper to some draftniks, and a 7th round pick for a guy that should compete for a backup role is pretty good.

B
 
7.254 Cheta Ozougwu, DE/LB, Rice

Major credit to Aaron Aloysius for calling this pick. He's a good developmental pass rusher and the young 3-4 liked him.

Draft Grade: A/C

What does that grade mean? The team went into the draft wanting to set up a good 3-4 defense, and they completely did just that. Most of their picks hit big needs, and they got great talent on every pick. 

Sure the team did a great job of drafting talent, and the defense should be good next year. But this is the story we seem to tell every single year. The Texans devote every single draft to finding a way to beat Peyton Manning, and at the end of the year this team looks average. It sounds dumb, but they also get a C grade because for this team to win they need to find more offensive tools. The receiving corps are awful after you get past Andre Johnson who gets banged up each year. The running class always shows up, but it is always injured and always has question marks. The offensive line is fine, but could it be better? Matt Schaub is good, but is he a top-10 QB in the league with the ability to lead a team to the playoffs? 

The team has had talented defensive players for years, but they need just a couple of tools to really be elite on offense. Texan fans hate when I make this rant every year, but at the end of the season the team is still just a few tools away from the playoffs. They changed to a 3-4 because their fairly talented 4-3 wasn't cutting it. Why not try the other side of the ball?

NEW GRADE: A/C

I really can't change too much from my original picks. I loved the first four picks based on need and talent, and for the new 3-4 it is hard to not walk away happy. But they keep the 'C' grade because I really don't think it matters how good the defense is when you ignore the small issues on offense. But if the team had looked to find a WR2, or a solid lineman early on, I think the team would have been so much better.   

 

Green Bay Packers

April 30, 2011
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1.26 Kenny Clark, DE/DT, UCLA

I like Kenny Clark... 15 picks from here. He was taken way too early, It does fill a need, but they ignored the players that were available.

C

2.48 Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana

I'm ok with this pick. Good value, fills a great need.

A

3.88 Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State

Another solid pick. Fackrell is smart enough to possibly even play some inside, but will add good depth in a few places

OVERALL GRADE: C+

Overall an ok draft, but I wish the Packers had gotten a few more impact players. More importantly I would have LOVED for them to find an inside backer that would allow for Clay Mathews to fall back to the outside.

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1.30 Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State

Randall was a fast mover in the draft, and the range fits fine here, but there were better guys on the board.

B- 

2.62 Quinten Rollins, CB/S, Miami (OH)

Another defensive back with good potential. His value is right there too.

B+

3.94 Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford

This is essentially a value pick here because Montgomery is primarily a return guy, but he can definitely add another spice in the pass game as well.

B

4.129 Jake Ryan, LB, Michigan

5.147 Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

6.206 Aaron Ripkowski, FB, Oklahoma

Of course the Packers would draft a fullback named Ripkowski. It was clearly based on name, but clearly he will be an All-pro for them.

6.210 Christian Ringo, DE/LB, LA-Laff

6.213 Kennard Backman, TE, UAB

OVERALL GRADE: B

This is kind of a strange draft, but the team clearly got better in their backfield and in the return game.


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1.21 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

How the Ha-Hell did he fall this far. He is a ball hawking corner with great tackling ability and very good instincts. 

A+

2.53 Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State

I didn't think that Adams would be a very good pro, but now that he is a Packer you can pencil him in for 80 catches and 1,100 yards.

B

3.85 Khyri Thronton, DE/DT, USM

The dude could end up being a great player, but he went about a round too early.

C+

3.98 Richard Rodgers, TE, Cal

This is a terrible pick unless he is a relative of Aaron. He was a 5th round talent that moved into the 3rd because of a weak TE class.

C

4.121 Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona State

Steal.

5.161 Corey Linsley, C, OSU

5.176 Jared Abberderis, WR, Wisconsin


Funny thing is that for 30 other teams would never use a guy like him. Green Bay will turn him into Jordy Nelson.

7.197 Demetri Goodson, CB, Baylor

7.236 Jeff Janis, WR Saginaw Valley State


OVERALL GRADE: B+

Good value. Hit needs. Found depth throughout. How this team is able to finesse a draft like this is unbelievable.


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1.26 Datone Jones, DE/DT, UCLA

I initially didn't understand why they wouldn't risk this pick on Lacy. The fact that they got him later helps.

B

2.61 Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

You get the most complete runner in the draft in the late second round, and it fills your biggest need at an amazing value. That's how you get double plus-signs...

A++

4.109 David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado

Great depth and value

4.122 J.C. Tretter, OL, Cornell

4.125 Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA


Yet another steal. This is a great Packers draft thus far.

5.150 Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa

5.167 Josh Boyd, DE/DT, Miss State
 
6.193 Nate Palmer, DE/LB, Illinois State
 
7.216 Charles Johnson, WR, Grand Valley State

7.224 Kevin Dorsey, WR, Maryland

7.232 Sam Barringon, LB, USF


OVERALL GRADE: A

I really like this draft for the Packers, and it might end up being my favorite. The team found at least one starter one each side of the ball, and five total guys that I think could start next season. You have to like the John Franklin pick in the 4th round at running back, but the Eddie Lacy pick at the end of the 2nd might be the best in the draft.

 
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1.28 Nick Perry, DE/LB, USC

I'm still not sold that Perry will convert that well to linebacker, but his pass rushing potential was solid. I think a few other guys would have been better, but not a bad pick at all.

B+

2.51 Jerel Worthy, DE/DT, Michigan State

The Packers almost never trade up in the draft, but they thought it was well worth it to trade a 4th rounder to wind up with one of the studs that fell in the draft.

B+

2.62 Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt

Another trade up??? I like the pick to get Hayward who was quietly an SEC stud, but they had better be ready to use their very late picks well. 


B+

4.137 Mike Daniels, DE/DT, Iowa

Daniels is a guy that has been spectacular at times at Iowa, but he has also been very quiet. Not a bad 4th round flier though.

B

4.133 Jerron McMillan, S, Maine

I like that the Packers went after a safety here, but there were other guys out there that were a better value.

C+

5.163 Terrell Manning, DE/LB, NC State

A few people had Manning in their top-100 picks, so it's hard to really hate the team for taking a chance on him in the 5th.

B

7.241 Andrew Datko, OT, FSU

Datko is a guy that could have been a top-50 pick if he could stay healthy and consistent in college. He's a perfect 7th rounder.

A

7.243 BJ Coleman, QB, Chattanooga

OVERALL GRADE: A-

I really like this Packers draft when it is all said and done. They knew that their weakness last year was their defense, and they rallied out quite a bit of talent. Their first three picks were all good values in each of the three aspects of the defense, and their three picks after that (for the most part) were the same. They then added some safety picks in the 7th round with sleepers on the offensive line and at QB.




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 Picks

1.32 Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State

Good need for now or the future, great value, and a defense for the division's great pass rushers.

A
 
2.64 Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky

Good value, good future need addressed that can get some touches now, and good potential.

B
 
3.96 Alex Green, RB, Hawaii

Some people don't like this pick, but I love it. Green is a powerful back with good speed, and he has very few carries. Was he a reach. Yes. Did he go before other guys? Yes. But he was worth a 4th round pick (which he essentially was), and he fits a need. 

B
 
4.131 Davon House, CB, New Mexico State

There aren't many people that left House off of their top-100(and he was a common 2nd rounder), so for a team to get him at the end of the fourth is robbery. 

A
 
5.141 D.J. Williams, TE, Arkansas

I am admittedly higher on Williams than most, but for value this is a pretty good given his playmaking ability.

B+
 
6.179 Caleb Schlauderaff, OG, Utah

I like the idea, but I think they could have gotten a better talent. Hard to hate any 6th round go though.

B-
 
6.186 D.J Smith, LB, Appalachian State

Defensive depth. Hard to love, but hard to hate.

B
 
6.197 Ricky Elmore, DE/LB, Arizona

Another steal. I'm not that high on Elmore, but what's to hate about a guy that could have gone two rounds earlier.

B+
 
7.218 Ryan Taylor, TE, UNC

I don't mind the team adding another tight end, but I'm not convinced that he will make the roster cuts.

C

7.233 Lawrence Guy, DE/DT, Arizona State

Another great value. Guy is a...guy that could have gone in the 4th or 5th and he should be able to get a few plays a game in at end.
 
Draft Grade: B++

How do you not walk away liking this draft? The team had few glaring needs, and walked away much better. The first five picks should see some playing time next year, and I see 4-6 guys that could be on the team for a while. The one thing that keeps this team out of the "A" grade is that the team is that all of these guys could all wait awhile to become impacts in the league.

NEW GRADE: A

How did I not give them an A grade? The team knocked it out of the park with their first five picks, and while they might not get a ton of power for the 2011 season, they are still a team capable of competing.
 

Detroit Lions

April 30, 2011
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1.16 Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

The Lions addressed possibly their biggest non-megatron need, and they will help their QB to not get sacked 10 times a game.

B

2. A'Shawn Robinson, DT/NT, Alabama

If the Lions had got Robinson in the 1st round it would have been a solid pick. It's theft in the 2nd.

A

3. Graham Glasgow, C, Michigan

You have to like this pick. Glasgow isn't the best center in the draft, but he is more than capable, and will help straighten out the offensive line issues.

OVERALL GRADE: B+

I like this draft. Three good starters, and a team that finally has some offensive line potential.

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1.28 Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke

I like that they got two 5th rounders and an additional guard to fall back here, but his is a bit of a luxury. The team's interior could be great which will clearly help the run game, but they had better gobble up a pounding back later on in the draft.

B+

2.54 Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska

The Lions have really done a great job of beefing up their run game in the draft. You can already tell that they are a better team from last year.

B+

3.80 Alex Carter, CB, Stanford

Can't complain here. Carter is a solid value and can help right away.

B

4.113 Gabe Wright, DT, Auburn

5.168 Michael Burton, FB, Rutgers

6.200 Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas

7.240 Corey Robinson, OT, South Carolina

OVERALL GRADE:B+

The team walks away with 2-3 starters, and have their best rushing team that they have had for a while. If the defense can stay strong then look for them to have a much more complete offense next year. A run game does nothing but increase Megatron's threat.

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1.10 Eric Ebron, TE, UNC

The Lions are a team that wants to compete offensively, and they proved it with this pick. They have so many weapons at this point that they could be freaky. It isn't the biggest need filler, but neither was the Jadeveon Clowney pick.

A

2.40 Kyle Van Noy, DE/ LB, BYU

I think he finds his spot at SAM, but he could be plugged into to attack in a few different ways.

B

3.76 Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas

This is early for Swanson, but sometimes need dominates availability.

B-

4.133 Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State

4.136 Larry Webster, DE Bloomsburg

5.158 Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton 

6.189 TJ Jones, WR, Notre Dame

7.229 Nate Freese, K, BC


OVERALL GRADE: B

Interesting draft, but a strangely good one. The team added a tight end that adds an extremely interesting layer of power to the team. They then added some pass rushing depth, a new center, and some good depth later on.


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1.5 Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU

A lot of people hate this pick, but they didn't get a tackle to fall to them, and they didn't love a corner there. I can live with them going with a potential all star pass rusher like Ansah here. 

B+

2.36 Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State

I think that Johnthan Banks was the better corner of the two, but the team addressed a huge need and they got fair value on it. Good pick.

B+

3. 65 Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky

I love players that look REALLY good on bad teams. Warford faced SEC defenses and succeeded to play well despite no help at all.

A

4.132 Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina

5.165 Sam Martin, P, Appalachian State

6.171 Corey Fuller, WR, Virginia Tech

6.199 Theo Reddick, RB, Notre Dame

7.211 Michael Williams, TE, Alabama

7.245 Brandon Hepburn, LB, FAMU


OVERALL GRADE: B+

No complaints here. The team got three starters and plenty of other minor upgrades. I do wish that they had gotten a few more safe guys at safety, corner, and receiver though.


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1.23 Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

Wow. I about pooped a duck when the Lions actually took an offensive tackle with the pick. The team has been severely known for ignoring the offensive line, but getting a stud tackle with blind side potential is perfect. Then getting one that was the best player available is even better. Bravo.

A+

2.54 Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma

This pick confused me a lot. The team essentially drafted someone to compete with Titus Young in the slot, and they reached severely on an injured Ryan Broyles. The team would have been MUCH better getting another running back to plug in, or to grab a Peter Konz (who went the next pick).

D

3.85 Dwight Bentley, CB, LA-Laff

Now this is a pick that I like. Bentley does a lot of great things, and he wouldn't have lasted much longer here. He should be able to compete for some major playing time.

B+

4.125 Ronnell Lewis, DE / LB, Oklahoma

Lewis isn't the perfect fit in the 4-3 defense, but he is a good pass rusher were other great aspects, and he should have gone about 50 picks sooner.

A-

5.138 Tahir Whitehead, OLB, Temple

A lot of people in the draft community liked Whitehead as a sleeper. He's got a lot of potential and he fills a weakness on the team.

5.148 Chris Greenwood, CB, Albion

Greenwood was a fast rising corner from Albion (in Michigan), and he had visits with a lot of teams. He fits a need and was actually a solid value.

A- 


6.196 Jonte Green, CB, New Mexico State
 
A third corner? Sure you'd love for them to fill other needs, but a late round pick at corner adds great depth.

B

7.223 Travis Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma

Travis Lewis was a guy that progressively got forgotten in college football, but he was consistently a guy that would get you a lot of tackles, and other great production. If he can get back into his 2009/10 form then the Lions would be walking away with a 1st/2nd round talent here.

A+

OVERALL GRADE: A-

I really like the Lions draft. They got good to great value on every pick except the Broyles one, but even if they forfeited the pick the draft would be a good one. They got 2-4 instant starters and a ton of depth to add to a team that is really growing strong. I also really love that they made the right move with Reiff. If they had passed on his value for a guy like Whitney Mercilus or Nick Perry then they would have been scorned, but they made a really great move here. I do wish that they would have added 1-2 more offensive line replacements inside which is why they got only the A- (not bad at all).

 

 
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 Picks

1.13 Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

The Lions get a great pass rusher to put next to Ndamukong Suh. This makes the defensive ends better, which makes the whole defense better.

A

2.44 Titus Young, WR, Boise State

Another good pick. Young is a pure playmaker and is a great guy to plug into the offense right away.

A

2.57 Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois


Yet another great pick. I have been saying for months that this team needed to find a powerful runner to compliment Jahvid Best. I also think Leshoure went a round later than he was worth.

A+

5.157 Doug Hogue, OLB, Syracuse

Hogue is the first major need addressed, but I would have gone a few other ways with it, even at LB.

C+
 
7.209 Johnny Culbreath, OT, South Carolina State

Finally! I will continue to beg for the team to build a good offensive line. Many will say that the OL was fine and that sacks were down, but not me. The run game finished in the bottom 12 in both yards and YPC. The line surrendered fewer sacks, but 63% of the sacks were the offensive line's fault (in a stat of sacks before the first 3 seconds of a play). With so many good pass rushers in the division it is stupid for the team to not find as many options as possible.

A
 
Draft Grade C-

What? How do four A's and a C+ equate to a C-? Nick Fairley is a great combo to put with Suh, but who is going to play NT? How many teams work well with two undertackles? Does this mean that Suh has to gain 15-20 pounds or the other way around? It just seems sexier than it really works. The pick also didn't fill a major need and throws away having Corey Williams and their 2009 4th rounder Sammie Hill.

Titus Young is a great guy, but the team isn't going to sit Megatron and they can't sit Burleson who is signed through 2014 and can't treat him as a backup to Young. Essentially they figured out their WR3 issue. I like the idea of the pick, but a luxury pick is a little iffy.

I love Leshoure and would love to see him get about 2/3 of the carries, but early indications are that he will be the change of pace guy to a full time Best. So the team just got a 2nd round power back that could struggle under a poor line. There were also very few fans that even considered RB a need this offseason when I mocked Ingram to the team.

When it is all said and done Matt Stafford will love his offensive options for the first two games before he get's injured from crappyoffensivelinitis. 63% of the sacks last year on the team were the offensive line's fault (ranks among league's worst teams) and the team has needed multiple good (not scraps from other teams) upgrades for a very long time. 

I was abused by Lions fans this offseason when I didn't have an OL, OLB, CB or S going with the first pick. I actually got hate mail for having Fairley (and also Bowers before the knee issues) go to the team in the first because the team has zero need for DL help. The fact of the matter is that the team ignored their biggest needs until the 5th rounder. The defensive line will be stacked, but if a team can block the line for a few seconds then the defense will be destroyed by a passing attack.

I like this draft based on their first three picks, but the first two picks were luxury upgrades that might not make a major difference. The same love was given to the team last year, but outside of Suh very little help came from the picks (Spievey and Best got good time).

NEW GRADE: C+

I do honestly think that I gave the Lions a bad number, but only because they deserve a little more credit for getting pretty good value on some guys. But at the end of the day, I do think the Lions did little to truly help the team for 2011. The team found either an awkward fit for their DL, or a backup for Suh. They found a WR3 (whether it is Young or Burleson), and they found a RB2. The team still has an ugly offensive line, and a terrible back seven. 

 

Denver Broncos

April 30, 2011
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1.26 Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

It was obvious that the Seahawks were going to get out of this pick, but I didn't actually think that the Broncos were going to pull the trigger. I don't love Lynch- but he fell in to the dream scenario.

A-

2.63 Adam Gotsis, DT, Georgia Tech

I don't quite get the hype that Gotsis is carrying, but he is a solid enough value and helps fill a need at some depth.

3.98 Justin Simmons, S, BC

People are going to remember this pick. Simmons is a huge talent that should not have lasted this long.


OVERALL GRADE: A

I don't like Paxton Lynch, and I fear that he will be forced in too soon, but if you are going to get forced in why not be forced into an offense that just won a Superbowl without a QB.

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1.23 Shane Ray, DE/LB, Mizzou

I am actually ok with them trading a little bit up to get a talent like this. He has the potential to be a 3rd major pass rusher next year, but he also give them a guy in the future to nail it.

A

2.59 Ty Sambraillo, OT, Colorado State

He can jump in right away, and will add an extra safety net for Peyton. This is a little early, but can't complain.

B

3.92 Jeff Heuerman, TE/FB, Ohio State

Don't be surprised if he acts in some sort of FB role. He is primarily a blocker, and he instantly helps the team.

B

4.133 Max Garcia, OC, Florida

5.164 Lorenzo Doss, CB, Tulane

6.203 Darius Kilgo, NT, Maryland

7.250 Tervor Siemian, QB, Northwestern

7.251 Taurean Nixon, DB, Tulane

7.252 Josh Furman, DB, OK State

OVERALL GRADE:B

I love the Shane Ray pick, and like that the team added some blocking depth. With the window closing quickly I wish there were a couple of other playmakers late, but overall not bad.


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1.31 Bradley Roby, CB, OSU

Good pick here. He should be able to plug in right away at nickel, he is a good value, and he fits the win now spot.

B+

2.56 Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

I really don't understand the Latimer hype, but I am happy with the pick at the end of the 2nd. 

B

3.95 Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan

Not so much. Schofield is a reach here, and while I love the idea behind getting depth, you should look for good depth.

C+

5.156 Lamin Barrow, LB, LSU

6.207 Matt Paradis, C, Boise State

7.242 Corey Nelson, LB, Oklahoma


OVERALL GRADE: C

Eh. The team added depth, but didn't really find anything that will put them over the top. There isn't a whole lot that will instantly help them, and they didn't have a lot that will help them post Peyton.



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1.28 Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC

Williams should have gone sooner in the draft, but all of the defensive tackles fell. This helped Denver snag a good one.

A

2.58 Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

I wouldn't touch Ball this early because he had way too many touches in college, but he was a fair value to most people here, and the team is getting that much better on offense.

3.90 Kayvon Webster, CB, USF

I never thought that Webster would go this early. He has a lot of potential and plays with some grit, but he should not be a 3rd round pick at all.

D+

5.146 Quanterus Smith, DE, WKU

I love Smith and his potential, but he will likely start the season on the PUP list as he recovers from a knee injury.

5.161 Tavarres King, WR, Georgia
 
6.173 Vinston Painter, OT, Virginia Tech

7.234 Zac Dysart, QB, Miami (OH)


OVERALL GRADE: C-

Nope, I just don't see this draft as a good one. Their first pick of Sylvester Williams was awesome, but they then forgot to fill their big needs, and reached on guys that may be able to help later. That's not what a Super Bowl Contender with a 37-year old QB needs.
 
 

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2.36 Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati

First off, the Broncos did an ok job moving back 11 spots to end up with a very early 4th round pick. They could have done more though. With that said, there were too many good defensive tackles that were safer/better than Wolfe who was a sleeper pick at 5-tech. Overall not a terrible pick, but it is ok.

B

2.57 Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

The Broncos who are a win-now team decided to take their 2nd round pick and draft a very raw quarterback for the future. It's something the Colts should have done a long time ago, but it became very clear that Peyton does not want to mold a guy to replace him, and would rather devote every second to winning now.

D-

2.67 Ronnie Hillman, RB, SD State

The team had to trade their late 4th round pick to move up to select a 3rd down running back. I like building weapons around Peyton, but there were better weapons, better rushers, and better players to take.
 
C-

4.101 Omar Bolden, CB, Arizona State

Bolden is a guy with top-40 potential, so to get him here is a great value for a team that actually needs some corner help.

A

4.108 Phillip Blake, OC, Baylor

I like the pick, but I don't love it. The team needs some extra help on their line, but I think this is a slight overreaction to not getting Jeff Saturday.

B

5.137 Malik Jackson, DE, Tennessee

I feel bad for Malik Jackson who was called DeMalik Jackson by the NFL Network and Mark Jackson by ESPN in a 5-minute period. In all reality he is a solid pick here.

B

6.188 Danny Trevathan, OLB, Kentucky

Trevathan is actually a guy that was a sleeper for a ton of people. I actually tend to agree that he is a great value here in the 6th round.

A

OVERALL GRADE: C-

If you read my other grades, you will see that I often bring up the number of starters that the teams got. Well the Broncos walked out with one. They also walked out with a backup QB, a 2nd or 3rd string RB, and some late round depth. This Broncos team needed to add as much talent that they could find, and it just felt like Elway was in rebuilding mode instead of get--Peyton-Manning-weapons-so-that-we-can-win-now-because-Indy-didn't-do-that-for-him mode.
 
 

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 Picks

1.2 Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M

I almost want to be careful with the judgment of this pick so I don't hurt feelings. But Von Miller is a pass rusher that is a linebacker in the 3-4 because of the 3-4 scheme. In the 4-3 he isn't worth a top-20 pick because he won't be used as a pass rusher. Robert Ayers didn't work in the 3-4 because he only fit as a 4-3 DE. So why move back to the 4-3 and take a 3-4 only player?

D

2.45 Rahim Moore, S, UCLA

Can't complain here though. The team gets the best safety in the class (although might prefer the other safety spot) and a guy that can compete in the future.

B+

2.46 Orlando Franklin, OG/T, Miami

This is a pick I actually love. Franklin is intriguing as an offensive tackle, and he goes to a team that won't look at him as a LT and maybe a better fit either at RT or OG.

A

3.67 Nave Irving, MLB, NC State

A fair value and a guy with good potential here. Also fills a fair need.

B

4.108 Quinton Carter, S, Oklahoma

Carter was a 2nd round safety in a lot of mocks, so getting him at the top of the 4th is a great value.

A-
 
4.129 Julius Thomas, TE, Portland State

The Broncos had reportedly loved Thomas, so it makes sense that they got him. He is a huge upside guy and could end up a steal.

B
 
6.189 Mike Mohamed, MLB, California

I'm ok with Mohamed, but this is the 2nd middle linebacker for a 4-3 team that could have used DL depth.
 
7.204 Virgil Green, TE, Nevada

Another all-potential tight end, but the value here in the 7th is phenomenal.
 
7.247 

Draft Grade B+

I don't love the Von Miller pick, but he will start. I actually wouldn't be shocked to see all four start on day one, so four starters is a good draft.

NEW GRADE: C

I think when I got caught up with the Broncos draft I think I made the mistake of loving a lot of the guys they picked, and the fact that they may have found four starters. But from all accounts it doesn't matter who they took because they would be a starter. But when your team needs arguably four replacements on the defensive line then I don't quite understand why you ignore it the whole draft. The team did do a lot to address the back seven this offseason, but with no defensive line in a pretty good rushing division then I don't know what you are doing. On offense I love a lot of the picks including both tight ends, but I'm not sold that this team will gel without a consistent rushing threat and stability at QB
.
 

Dallas Cowboys

April 30, 2011
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1.4 Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State

I wish I could find out if the Cowboys would have gone with Joey Bosa here or not if he were available. I contested that they wouldn't because you don't draft a rookie edge rusher to fill a week 1 need. They take time, and they have two guys that will be back by week 5. The team instantly gets better and a lot more fantasy-interesting.

B

2.34 Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame

It's a good story, but I hate this pick. Smith's knee surgeon works for the Cowboys, and so does his brother Rod. But the Cowboys clearly ignored the fact that Smith likely could have been gotten 40+ picks later. Smith also is too big of a risk for this pick too. He is out at least a year, and it is unreasonable to believe that he will ever come back to the level that he was.

3.67 Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska

Collins has potential, but he is a bit of a project for a team with a closing window.

OVERALL GRADE: C

I just don't get where this team is going. If you are going to take Zeek Elliot as a luxury pick because your Romo window is closing then DO NOT take a 2-year recover project in the 2nd.

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1.27 Byron Jones, CB, UConn

Jones might be the best player on the board and he fills one of their biggest needs. Love it.

A

2.60 Randy Gregory, DE/LB, Nebraska

Why not? He's one heck of a pass rusher and he will be on a short leash. I wonder what motivation does for him.

A+

3.91 Chaz Green, OT, Florida

I am all for adding extra depth on the O-Line, but this is a reach. 

C+

4.127 Damien Wilson, LB, Minnesota

5.163 Ryan Russell, DE, Purdue

7.236 Mark Nzeocha, LB, Wyoming

7.243 Laurence Gibson, OT, V-Tech

7.246 Geoff Swaim, TE, Texas

OVERALL GRADE:C+

Can't complain too much. The team got some huge talent on defense which was huge. But completely ignoring the RB position may cripple them. They cannot actually believe the Darren McFadden will be healthy (or good) next year, even with their offensive line.


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1.16 Zach Martin, OT, Notre Dame

I like the pick in terms of need and value, but the Cowboys are such a blurry team. They have the weapons of a 10-win team, have the consistency of a 6-win one. 

B+

2.34 Demarcus Lawrence, DE/LB, Boise State

I like this pick in terms of value and skill, but trading up (with a division rival) to get him hurts it a little bit.

C+

4.119 Anthony Hitchens, LB, Iowa

5.146 Devin Street, WR, Pitts

7.231 Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford

7.238 Will Smith, LB, Texas Tech

7.248 Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor

7.251 Ken Bishop, DT, NIU

7.254 Terrence Mitchell, CB, Oregon


OVERALL GRADE: C+

Yet another interestingly strange Cowboys draft. They just don't get that they have key needs that they need to address rather than getting a collection of improvements. I like a lot of their picks, but I just don't know if it puts them anywhere closer.


*************2013 NFL DRAFT GRADES************


1.31 Travis Frederick, OC, Wisconsin


Frederick was the best pure center in the draft, but he should not have gone this early.  I like that the team traded back and ended up with an extra pick, but they picked a good guy too early.

D+

2.47 Gavin Escobar, TE, SD State

Wow. This is another reach, but the team is getting a tight end with a ton of potential. A two TE set added into the team is a very scary thought.

C+

3.74 Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor

Now this is a pick I like. He was one of the best guys on the board, and he was a free pick after their first trade. Three weapons now for Romo and zero focus on their new 4-3 defense.

A 


3.80 JJ Wilcox, S, Georgia Southern

Can't complain here. Fills a need and decent value.

B+

4.114 B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary

5.151 Joseph Randle, RB, OK State

6.185 DaVonte Holloman, LB, South Carolina


OVERALL GRADE: D+

This team had a great offense which features a QB that struggles to come from behind & hold on to leads. So naturally you would think to add defensive players for their new 4-3 defense to help prevent this pressure on offense. right? Nope. You reach on a center (best Center in the draft does not mean worth a 1st round pick). You pick up a backup TE (maybe a 2nd TE for a new system), and then follow it with a very good potential WR3. Two defensive backfield picks for depth and no real 4-3 defensive help later and you have a very questionable draft. 
 

 *************2012 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 

1.6 Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

I'm not in love with Claiborne, but I LOVE this move for the Cowboys. The team has created one of the best 1-2 punches at corner this offseason, and the moves will do nothing but improve the front seven by proxy. They lost a 2nd rounder to do so, but this was worth it.

B+

3.81 Tyronne Crawford, DE/DT, Boise State

I like the idea of getting a defensive end that would improve the pass rush, but not when you take the 2nd best available guy from Boise State.

C 


4.113 Kyle Wilber, DE/LB, Wake Forest

4.135 Matt Johnson, S, Eastern Washington

5.152 Danny Coale, WR/P, Virginia Tech

6.186 James Hanna, TE, Oklahoma

7.222 Caleb McSurdy, MLB, Montana


 
OVERALL GRADE: C-

Ugh. I tried to give grades for rounds 1-5 (the ones that don't have just sleepers and flier picks). Unfortunately the Cowboys draft made me almost vomit. I actually like that the team added a nasty weapon like Morris Claiborne to their team, but after that they just went south. Tyrone Crawford wasn't even the best DE/DT from Boise, the other small school guys were almost all terrible reaches. Danny Coale is a D grade receiver and a C grade punter. And finally James Hanna is all athlete and zero real production, although in the 6th I like that pick. The team realistically found a single starter.

 



*************2011 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 
 Picks

1.9 Tyron Smith, OT, USC

The Cowboys took an offensive linemen in the first round for the first time in a very long time. That's great, but they took a guy that is 20 pounds less than their ideal fit, and they messed some things up. If they play him at LT then Doug Free's progress there is ruined. If they put Smith at RT then they are making him play a position he is not bound for. I just don't quite get it, but I can't hate a team for trying to protect their biggest asset.

?

2.40 Bruce Carter, OLB, UNC


Carter might not play in 2011 because of injury, which is why he went in the 2nd. But he was never a guy that was supposed to play in the 3-4, so I don't quite get the pick. He might end up inside which could make a little sense, but too many questions to love the pick.

C

3.71 DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma

Murray has an elite DM Score which makes me think he could be a steal here. The team clearly isn't happy with the trio of underachievers at runningback, and i personally don't like that none of them seem to be able to get into the endzone.

B+

4.110 David Arkin, OG, SW Missouri State

I can't hate the pick because I hadn't even heard much of Arkin before the draft, but his value was much less than an early 4th round pick. Again, I can't hate the pick because the team reached on a guy to help the offense.

B-

5.143 Josh Thomas, CB, Buffalo

This is a guy that ESPN was higher on then any other source. There were better corner options, but they are touching on a need. 

B-
 
6.176 Dwayne Harris, WR/KR, ECU

I have heard some say that Harris could have a Chris Johnson impact when he gets the ball. I don't see it, but there is no reason to hate on a 6th rounder for it.

B

7.220 Shaun Chapas, FB, Georgia

I'm ok with a team drafting a full back, but I'm just not sold that Chapas was the best guy out there.

C+

7.252 Bill Nagy, C, Wisconsin

A center with one of the last picks. Can't complain about that.

B

Draft Grade ???

I don't know what to think of this draft. They got an OT that doesn't quite fit the team, but will start. They got a great LB but I have no idea where he will play. Finally they have gotten a 4th runner to compete, but I don't know if he will be competing to get rid of someone, or to be 'the guy.'

NEW GRADE: C-

If I had to put a grade on this draft it wouldn't be a very good one. The team found awkward fits for their schemes, but they also ended up with some very intriguing pieces to help on offense. I do think the team could have done more to help the defensive backfield.

 

Cleveland Browns

April 30, 2011
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1.15 Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

The Browns got a tone of value to trade back once again, and now they end up with arguably the best receiver in the draft. So far so good. They are on the right track, but you do wonder when this team will find a real QB

2.32 Emmanuel Ogbah, DE/LB, OK State

The Browns got a lot of hate for this pick, but I actually love it. Ogbah was labelled a 'hot and cold' player that is too raw, but averaged 12 sacks a year the last two seasons. He has a power move, and is going to a team that can coach him up to be a stud.

3.65 Carl Nassib, DE/LB, Penn State

Another pick that I like. Nassib has good potential, but will need about a year to get coached up. Time the Browns have.

3.76 Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn

I like this pick so much more than them taking a RT in the 1st like many projected. Coleman is very capable of starting soon.

3.93 Cody Kessler, QB, USC

I know that he is a little bit of a project, but there were other guys out there, and that would have been available.

4.99 Joe Schobert, DE/LB, Wisconsin

Another very interesting pick that could pay off in a couple of years.

OVERALL GRADE:B+

I like this draft from the Browns. They knew that they were a couple of years away and got a ton of talented guys that could be coached up.

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1.12 Danny Shelton, NT, Washington

I'm ok with the pick because Shelton could be a great 2-down run stopper, but do you take a 2-down player 12th overall when you have so many more needs? 

B

1.19 Cam Erving, OL, FSU

Apparently the Browns think that they are a 12-4 team ready to fill those last couple of needs. They are a team that needs 2-3 receivers, a tight end, and more importantly a quarterback... And they take a center who can play other spots. Sure Alex Mack might leave next year, but you don't take Cam Erving here. 

C

2.51 Nate Orchard, DE/LB, Utah

The value is fine and there is always a need for edge depth, but they continue to not get it.

B-

3.77 Duke Johnson, RB, Duke

I won't complain here because he will add an extra spice to the offense.

B

3.96 Xavier Cooper, DE/DT, Washington State

Cooper is a good value here, and he will contribute. But the team traded a good deal to move up and get him.

C+

4.115 Ibraheim Campbell, S, Northwestern

4.123 Vince Mayle, WR, Washington State

6.189 Charles Gaines, CB, Louisville

6.195 Malcolm Johnson, TE, Miss State

6.198 Randall Telfer, TE, USC

7.219 Hayes Pullard, LB, USC

7.241 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

OVERALL GRADE: B/D

On one hand the team walked away with 4-6 starters which is amazing, but unfortunately they again refused to address their need at receiver. Even if they don't think that they need to go quarterback, they are refusing to address the position which does nothing but hurt their quarterbacks.



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1.8 Justin Gilbert, CB, OK State

I really like this pick. The team got a 1st rounder next year to move back, and still got the best corner in the draft. Gilbert and Haden instantly become one of the best corner tandems in the NFL, and they got a potential top-5 pick next year to get him.

A

1.22 Johnny Manziel, QB, TAMU

I will be the first person to say that I hate Manziel, but I really like this pick. They got a guy they could have gotten at 4 here, and they get some real hope for the first time in a long time. I love him as a Brown because if I am wrong about him he helps the Browns, and if he fails he was a Brown.

A

2.35 Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada

Another great pick. Great value, and he seals up the line perfectly. The Browns nailed three of their four biggest needs at great values.

A

3.71 Christian Kirksey, LB, Iowa

I don't love the pick because there were better guys on the board, but he will compete and get some good reps.

C+

3.94 Terrence West, RB, Towson

The Browns needs some extra guys to plug in, but I think they could have gotten better with a guy like Ka'Deem Carey here.

C+

4.127 Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

Desir was easily a 3rd round value. 

OVERALL GRADE:B+

The Browns were done early in the draft, but they nailed it in a lot of ways. They got a 2015 1st rounder to fall back and get the best corner in the draft. They now have the best young pair of corners in the league, and maybe the best CB group once you add Desir into the mix. I don't like Manziel, but he is a good grab where they got him, and he is the first hope the city has since LeBron. Bitonio solidifies the offensive line on the right side, and they added a nasty runner with some real skills.





*************2013 NFL DRAFT GRADES************


1.6 Barkevious Mingo, DE/LB, LSU


I knew that Mingo would go earlier than the experts thought, and that is why I had the Cardinals taking him in my final mock. Mingo is the defensive pass rusher in the draft that you know what you are getting because of his experience. 

B+

3.68 Leon McFadden, CB, SD State

I like the move, but I'm not sure that I love the player. There were a few other good guys out there that should have gone before McFadden.

B-

6.175 Jamoris Slaughter, S, Notre Dame

7.217 Armonty Bryant, DE, East Central

7.227 Garrett Gilkey, G, Chadron State


OVERALL GRADE: C

This is not a D+ grade because they were able to land a 3rd and a 4th rounder in the 2014 draft. But this draft stunk. I was ok with the Mingo pick, but they went on experience over potential and value. The spent their 2nd round pick last year on a very poor supplemental draft choice, and their 3rd round pick might splash across from Haden. Either way, you do not like your team which is picking 6th overall to have two (at best) starters from a draft.

  


 
*************2012 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 

1.3 Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

The Browns got played and had to give three picks to guarantee Richardson, but if that's what it takes to guarantee that they get their guy then it was well worth it. 

B

1.22 Brandon Weeden, QB, OK State

I understand the move, but I hate it here. Realistically there are very few teams that need a guy like Weeden, and they could have gotten him in the 2nd round. At worst they could have picked up a pick to move back with the Pats. WIth that said, the team got a guy that will push Colt McCoy for the starting gig. If they both fail then they will draft a QB early in 2013.

C

2.37 Mitchell Schwartz, OT, Cal

This is a little bit of a reach, and there were definitely better guys out there, but the team got a solid RT to play around with. Overall I think they should have found away to trade back, or they should have drafted better value.

C

3.87 John Hughes, DT, Cincinnati

The team got a 4th rounder to fall back, but what the hell is the team doing reaching for a 6th round pick just because he is named after the Breakfast Club guy.

C+ 


4.100 Travis Benjamin, WR, Miami

I like that they went for a receiver, but he wasn't really even the best Miami receiver on the board.

C

4.120 James-Michael Johnson, MLB, Nevada

I'm ok with this pick. Johnson has a lot of potential to actually get some plays in for this Browns team.

B

5.160 Ryan Miller, OG, Colorado

The team needed some help at OT and OG in the draft and they may have gotten two eventual starters.

B+
 
6.204 Emmanuel Acho, MLB, Texas

Acho should have gone much sooner. I actually like him more than James-Michael Johnson.

A

6.205 Billy Winn, DT, Boise State

Wow. Winn should have gone nearly 100+ picks sooner, but he fell for some reason. 

A+

7.245 Trevin Wade, CB, Arizona

7.247 Brad Smelley, TE, Alabama


 
OVERALL GRADE: C/A

This is a draft that I love and hate at the same time. The team ended up with 11 draft picks, and I could actually see them use each and every guy to their fullest next year. Day one they might actually have 3-5 starters as well which is fantastic. They ended up with maybe the best positional player in the draft, and a guy that will start at QB.

But at the same time this team has the feeling as if they think Weeden is the guy that is going to make them compete next year. They got a running back which is great, but the team still has an old unproven QB, and no receivers. The team has defensive talent, but very few stars. What the Browns may have done is actually set them back two years because their 1st round QB pick almost ensures that they won't draft one for two years. So in two years when the team is where they are now we will wonder if this draft was the right one.

 
 

*************2011 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 
 
Picks

1:21 Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor

Phil Taylor is a massive NT that can fit in the 4-3 despite what some say. I actually really like this pick.

B+

2.37 Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh


I'm not a huge Sheard fan, but his potential is massive

B

2.59 Greg Little, WR, UNC

Decent value, high upside, and probably starting on day one. Great.

A-

4.102 Jordan Cameron, TE, USC

Some people disliked this pick, but I don't quite know why. The team is building a field of weapons for Colt McCoy, and they got one of the biggest sleepers in the draft.

B

4.124 Owen Marecic, FB, Stanford

Some people think that Marecic is a great offensive weapon, but he is more of a blocking guy than a stats guy. The team got a quality blocker that can possibly fill in at LB, and on special teams. At worst the team got a talented blocker.

B-
 
5.137 Buster Skrine, CB, Tennessee-Chat

Skrine is an intrguing corner with great speed, but average tape. A good value though.

B+
 
5.150 Jason Pinkston, OT, Pittsburgh

Another good pick. Pinkston might actually end up a starter on the right side next year, and his price was minimal.

B+

7.248 Eric Hagg, S, Nebraska

With a very late 7th round pick the Browns got a 6th round quality safety. Pretty hard to not like closing a draft that way.

B+

Draft Grade A

If the team had taken Julio Jones and Jabaal Sheard they would have gotten an ok grade. But the team got Sheard, an instant starter at defensive tackle, a WR1 in Greg Little, and a 1st round next year. I see four to six starters from this class which is a great thing, but the 1st round pick next year might give the team a final pick to compete in 2012.

NEW GRADE: A

Wow. Leaps and bounds over Eric Mangini even though the draft had some subtle hints of Mangini in it. There isn't a single pick that I didn't like, and they touched on almost every aspect of the team when drafting. What I really like too is that I can see every single pick getting time in 2011.
 
 

Cincinnati Bengals

April 30, 2011
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1.24 William Jackson, CB, Houston

Did they get a receiver? No. But they got the best player left on the board.

A

2.55 Tyler Boyd, WR, Pitts

This is how teams draft well. The top receivers were gone before their 1st pick, so rather than panicking and just drafting someone they waited until the 2nd round and got a good talent.

A

3.87 Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State

Another very good talent for them. He doesn't feel like a Bengal name, but that isn't a bad thing at all

OVERALL GRADE: B++

I really like this draft for them. They also stole Andrew Billings in the 4th round who was talented enough to go in the late first.

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1.21 Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, TAMU

Can't complain too much here. He is a slight reach because he might have to redshirt a year to get back to the top-5 talent he was last year, but the Bengals actually have that luxury. 

B

2.53 Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon

This team is really covering its ass for next year when they have some decisions to make. I love it, but I do hope that these first two picks get some playing time (even if it is inside) to build themselves. Fisher is a huge value here though.

A-

3.85 Tyler Kroft, TE, Rutgers

Kroft is a little more of a blocker which adds to the protection the Bengals have drafted thus far.

B

3.99 Paul Dawson, MLB, TCU

He is one of those guys that you love the film on, but he doesn't add up in the underwear test. Good value though.

B+

4.120 Josh Shaw, CB, USC

4.135 Marcus Hardison, DE, Arizona State

5.157 CJ Uzomah, TE, Auburn

6.197 Derron Smith, S, Fresno St

7.238 Mario Alford, WR, West Virginia

OVERALL GRADE: A-

It's hard not to like this one. Nothing is sexy, but the team found possibly two bookend tackles for 2016 that will get some reps next year. Add in some defensive depth and overall not bad.


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1.24 Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

This might be the best pick of the draft. Dennard is the best man corner in the draft and he fell 5-10 picks too far to a team that he will play and start on.

A+

2.55 Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU

I don't get the hate for this pick that some have. Hill adds a young, power punch that the team needs, and nobody thinks the Law Firm will be there much longer.

B+

3.88 Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia

I get this pick, but the team didn't need to reach on Clarke here.

C

4.111 Russell Bodine, C, UNC

5.164 AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama

6.212 Marquis Flowers, LB, Arizona

7.239 James Wright, WR, LSU

7.252 Lavelle Westbrooks, CB, Geo Southern


OVERALL GRADE:B+

I don't understand the hate of a lot of their picks. The Bengals got a ton of good depth, two or three possible starters, and guys that will contribute on both sides of the ball.


*************2013 NFL DRAFT GRADES************


1.21 Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

I like the move but I don't love it. Eifert fits the value, but we will have to see if this is a slight upgrade on Jermaine Gresham or whether they will commit to a two TE set. If it is a two TE set then I love the move, but an upgrade might hurt the team more.

A or C (depending)

2.37 Giovanni Bernard, RB, UNC

And the first runner in the draft was: Giovanni Bernard. In all reality I do like Bernard, but I just don't see him as a 15 carry guy in the league. Either way the team got a new dimension.

C+

2.53 Margus Hunt, DE, SMU

I am going to be biased on this since I think Hunt will be the best defensive linemen from this draft if put in the right spot, but I love this pick. Hunt is a stud and he goes to a great defensive team that will know how to use him well.

A

3.84 Shawn Williams, S, Georgia

This is way too early for Williams. He is a guy with good potential, and he will add depth, but there were better guys out there all over the draft.

D 


4.118 Sean Porter, OLB, TAMU

5.156 Tanner Hawkinson, OT, Kansas

6.190 Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska

6.197 Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas

7.240 Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State

7.251 T.J Johnson, C, South Carolina


OVERALL GRADE: B-/A-

If the Bengals switch to a two TE set then this draft is an A- because of their first three picks. A team that has made the playoffs twice may have found three starters (or at worst high touch skill players), with a very good blend of depth.
 

*************2012 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 

1.17 Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

The Bengals wanted a corner badly, and they got quite possibly the best one in the draft. Good value, and a good pick.

B+

1.27 Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin

The team traded down and got a 3rd for it, so It's hard to hate the fact that they reached a bit for Zeitler. Overall they hit a big need and got Brandon Thompson for free for it.

B+

2.53 Devon Still, DT, Penn State

Still was once a very high pick, but he really dropped off a mountain in terms of draft stock this off season. A decent pick up though, but where does he really fit in in terms of need?



3.83 Mohammed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

The team was certainly looking to pick up a receiver to plug into the mix, and they got a decent one in Sanu who could have gone in the top-40.

A-

3.93 Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson

It's hard to hate a pick that was free, but this is the DT4 for the team. The team would have been better off getting a better need filler, but Thompson's value was great.

B

4.116 Orson Charles, TE, Georgia

Charles was a top-40 pick before he got a DUI during the draft process, so his potential is great.

B

5.156 Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa

Prater doesn't have any elite assets, but he has the potential to be a very good nickel corner in the league.

B+

5.166 Marvin Jones, WR, California

Some had Jones in their top-100 because he didn't have the QB in college to excel him, so the Bengals may get a steal here.

B

5.167 George Iloka, S, Boise State

I am genuinely half shocked that Iloka lasted this long. He by no means is a sexy pick from a combine perspective, but his tape has some nasty moments.

B

6.191 Dan Herron, RB, Ohio State

Another good Bengal pick. Herron has top-50 potential on the field.

A


OVERALL GRADE: C

WHAT? The worst grade that the Bengals got was a B on any pick, so how is their draft a C? The Bengals are a talented team that got great value on almost all of their picks. They walk away with 2-3 starters next year, and most think that they team had one of the best drafts. But was this the draft that will take them from a playoff team to a playoff contender? I'm not sold. The team needs playmakers and stars to their team, and outside of Kirkpatrick the team got a lot of good depth.

But what bothers me is their process. They traded back to the back of the first round for a pick that eventually led to Brandon Thompson (their 2nd DT pick), but trading back allowed the Steelers to get the best guard prospect in awhile. Which is better, the best guard prospect in awhile, or a DT4 and (maybe) a top-40 guard? I'll take DeCastro. 

The team then used a 2nd and a 3rd round pick on defensive tackles which was maybe their 5th biggest need. The team had good picks, but it doesn't mean that they had a good draft. They are still the obvious 3rd best team in their division, and they had better hope that Andy Dalton's skill set wasn't a fluke.

 
 
 
 
*************2011 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 
 
Picks

1:4 AJ Green, WR, Georgia

AJ Green was the second BPA, and fills one of the team's biggest needs.

A

2:35 Andy Dalton, QB, TCU

I don't personally like Dalton, but he is a possible replacement for Carson Palmer.

B

3:66 Dontay Moch, DE or SLB, Nevada

The team wanted edge rushers and they definitely got a guy with a lot of potential at a good value.

B

4:101 Clint Boling, OT/G, Georgia

Great pick, fits a need, and great value. The team is building around their quarterback.

A+
 
5:134 Robert Sands, S, West Virginia

Robert Sands fits the athletic mold that the Bengals enjoy playing with for their safeties. 

B
 
6:167 Ryan Whalen, WR, Stanford

I love that the team took two receivers in the draft. I don't see the value on Whalen, but I can't take too many points off for trying.

C+
 
7:207 Korey Lindsay, CB, Southern Illinois

Wow. Lindsay is arguably the best small school corner this year, and he gets taken as a 7th rounder. 

A+ 


7:246 Jay Finley, RB, Baylor

 I don't love the pick because I don't know what Finley offers to the team, but I always like a team taking a late round flyer on a guy that can contribute.

C+

Draft Grade A-

The Bengals made sure to improve both sides of the ball, and they made sure to cover their butts too by selecting Andy Dalton. If Carson Palmer actually finds his way back to the team he will love the upgrades on offense. If he doesn't, then the team is able to offer Andy Dalton the keys to a pretty awesome ride.

NEW GRADE: A-

I actually am sticking with the original grade here. It is strange, but it might be the worst AFC North draft despite having a great draft.  

 

Chicago Bears

April 30, 2011
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1.9 Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia

I love Leonard Floyd, and he feels like a good Bear player. They had to pay a little bit to get him, and he will need some coaching, but I really like the pick.

A-

2.56 Cody Whitehair, OG, K-State

The Bears nab the best guard in the draft and didn't pay much for it. It will make the run game that much better, while giving additional pass protection.

3.72 Jonathan Bullard, DE/DT, Florida

Bullard should not have fallen this far, and it fits a fair need that will help the team a ton.

OVERALL GRADE: A

A very good overall draft from the Bears. They get maybe the best pass rusher in the draft, the best guard in the draft, and a steal in the 3rd round.

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1.7 Kevin White, WR, West Virginia

Eh. This a team that didn't really need to take a WR2 here, and personally I don't get the Kevin White hype. I would have added anything to my weak defense and gone with a receiver 2nd round. But I have a feeling they have a plan.

2. 39 Eddie Goldman, NT, FSU

Awesome here. If I were picking for the Bears in round one I might have considered Danny Shelton at 7. But they got a guy that could have gone in the top-20 at 39, and they got their biggest need.

A+

3.71 Hroniss Grasu, OC, Oregon

He is a tiny bit early here, but he was the best pure center left on the board. He will get some good play time in and instantly helps the offense.

B+

4.106 Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State

6.142 Adrian Amos, S, Penn State

6.183 Tayo Fabuluje, OT, TCU

OVERALL GRADE:B+

After the Kevin White pick I mentally was ready to hate this draft because they desperately need upgrades on every side of the defense, but their 2nd round pick might have been the best overall pick in the entire draft in terms of need, fit, skill and value. This team clearly got better from this draft and walk away with three day one starters.



*************2014 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 

1.14 Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

I knew that the Bears were going to go a little different, and they did with Fuller. He has a lot of good potential, and should be an instant help on the team.

B

2.51 Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU

Another Bear pick. Ferguson could have been found 15 picks later, but the Bears get a guy that they want.

C+

3.82 Will Sutton, DT, AZ State

Sutton could have been a 2nd round pick, and if he can get his weight under control he could be a stud.

B

4.117 Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona

Steal and a half.

4.131 Brock Vereen, S, Minnesota

6.183 David Fales, QB, San Jose State

6.191 Pat O'Donnell, P, Miami

7.246 Charles Leno, OT, Boise State



OVERALL GRADE:B-

Overall this was a near perfect Bear draft. They got their guys, fit needs, got a lot of guys at good values, and got guys that can contribute right away. The biggest thing though was that they committed to the defense.


*************2013 NFL DRAFT GRADES************


1.20 Kyle Long, OG/T, Oregon

One of the best things about living in the midwest is having draft parties with a lot of Bears fans. For about three hours there was a debate as to who they would pick. They loved that Sharrif Floyd was still there. They loved see Eifert there. And they loved having Xavier Rhodes there.

Now imagine how quiet the those same guys got when the long awaited pick turned out to be... Kyle Long. Long is a great guy with great potential. But he isn't experienced, he doesn't have a clean bill of health, and he isn't a game changer in any way. He would have gotten a B+ grade in the 2nd round...

D

2.50 Jonathon Bostic, ILB, Florida

Hey, a 3rd round pick going in the 2nd. I can't wait for their 4th round pick so they can reach on a blatant 5th rounder. This Bears team is addressing needs, but they are missing on value, and ignoring other guys on the board.

C

4.117 Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers

Green is the best value the Bears have found by far.

5.163 Jordan Mills, OT, LA Tech

6.188 Cornelius Washington, DE, Georgia

I have no idea how he lasted this long.

7.236 Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State

Wilson quit WSU because of a few different issues, but going into 2012 he was a first round pick. 

OVERALL GRADE: D/A-

What a weird draft. The team got SOOOOO much better at drafting as time went on in the draft. Long, Bostic, Greene and Washington were 2nd or 3rd round talents that went in the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th rounds. Jordan Mills is a clean enough player that he could start next year somewhere, and Marquess Wilson could be the biggest steal in the draft (think Marques Colston impact). 

I don't know how to grade this draft because I could see each and every one of the players in this draft make a splash on the team. 

 
 *************2012 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 

1.19 Shea McClellan, DE, Boise State

This is another pick that was a bit obvious. The team desperately have been looking for a new DE since free agency, and they were going to pick there guy with the pick. McClellan went a tad bit early, but I figured that he would go earlier than expected based on the fact that I had him going to the Chargers.

C+

2.45: Alshon Jefferey, WR, South Carolina

The Bears had to trade up a small bit to get him, but what a steal. Jefferey has top-5 receiver potential if motivated, and he is the perfect kind of receiver that Jay Cutler can play with. The team is a passing contender.

A

3.79 Brandon Hardin, S, Oregon State

I don't get this pick. Hardin was out last year, and the year before wasn't exactly a top-20 pick. The Bears are really reaching on him, and they could have gotten a safer bet.

D

4.111 Evan Rodriguez, TE/FB, Temple

E-Rod is a guy with some good potential, but the Bears could have gotten better value.

C+

6.184 Isaiah Frey, CB, Nevada

7.220 Greg McCoy, CB, TCU


 
OVERALL GRADE: C+

Before I get into the grade, let me say that the Alson Jefferey pick may have been one of my favorite picks in the entire draft. The team got a legit receiver that will go for the ball, and he is a legit guy that teams will have to cover away from Brandon Marshall. This is what the Falcons did with Julio Jones, and this is what the Texans fail to do every year.

With that said, every other Bear pick was bland. It was so obvious that the team was going to take a defensive end with the first pick instead of looking at value and getting either DeCastro or Reiff. The team missed out on Super Mario in free agency, and they targeted a defensive end. But the one they picked was a huge reach! The rest if the picks were all reaches on talent, and I just don't like this draft.

 
 
 

*************2011 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 
 Picks

1:29 Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

Great pick. The team gets my #1 ranked OT in the class and they find a guy that can start now.

A

2:53 Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State

I like Paea and he is a good value here. I don't think he is the elite pass rusher that ESPN likes to think of him as.

B

3:93 Chris Conte, S, California


This pick does address a need, but the value on Conte just isn't that great.

C

5:160 Nathan Enderle, QB, Idaho

I don't mind this pick, but I don't get it. Todd Collins needs off the team so there is a spot for a QB 3 there, but when will Enderle take the field unless Cutler gets hurt? The team had many more needs than a QB3

C-

6:195 J.T Thomas, OLB, West Virginia

Thomas has some good athleticism, and at worst he could impress as a special teams player.

C-

Draft Grade C

The team needed a receiver in the 2010 draft and never addressed it. The did it again this year. The team took the best possible 1st round pick for themselves, and the 2nd round pick was fine, but after that they reached on guys that might not play much next year. Taking a receiver, or even finding more offensive line depth should have been utilized a lot more for the team that surrendered an average of 392 sacks per game last year.

NEW GRADE: C+

I love the first pick, and that is it. The team cannot think that ignoring the need at receiver is the right thing to do, but unfortunately Bears fans will have to watch Hester and Knox not go up and fight for the ball for another year.  


 

Carolina Panthers

April 30, 2011
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1.30 Vernon Butler, DT, LA Tech

I'm glad that the Panthers got a great value, but talk about a luxury. They could have taken a number of edge rushers, offensive line, or even a flyer on Myles Jack.

B-

2.62 James Bradberry, CB, Samford

So the Panthers aren't panicking about their need at corner. That's why they are taking a 5th round sleeper in the 2nd.

3.77 Daryl Worley, CB, West Virginia

So the Panthers really aren't panicking about their need at corner. That's why they took a 5th round sleeper in the 3rd.

OVERALL GRADE: C

The Panthers took a 3rd DT and three straight corners- the best of which was their 3rd pick- yuck


*************2015 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.25 Shaq Thompson, LB/S/RB, Washington

He won't play RB there unless he is a gadget package player. Shaq I think will end up as a safety with nickle LB properties, but either way he is a playmaker that every team wants. This is definitely early though.

C+

2.41 Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan

The Panthers gave a ton (including a 3rd) to get him which is pricey, but apparently the Panther's draft goal was to get the two guys that have no true position. I like the guy, and he could be a fun guy for Cam to play with, but where does he play?

C+

4.102 Daryl Williams, OG, Oklahoma

5.169 David Mayo, LB, Texas St

5.174 Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Auburn

OVERALL GRADE:C-

The team found two starters which is nice, and I love that they are getting a guy for Cam to play with, but Cam needs so much more help staying on his feet from his offensive line that it is hard validating this draft. 


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1.28 Kelvin Benjamin, WR, FSU

This could be an insane value. He needs to get a little better at catching the ball, but if the Panthers can get into the red zone he could be lethal.

B+

2.60 Kony Ealy, DE, Mizzou

There were some reports that that Ealy could go earlier, but I love him here. He was beaten by some big bodies in college, and he will need some refinement.

B+

3.92 Trai Turner, OG, LSU

Turner went a tiny bit early, but he fills a huge need.

B

4.128 Tre Boston, S, UNC

5.148 Bene Benwikere, CB, San Jose State

6.204 Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford



OVERALL GRADE: C+

Overall I like this draft, but also hate it. The Panthers needed desperately to walk away with one or two receivers and tackles. They got a receiver, and a guard. This team will live and die by Cam Newton, and the team took a major step back this offseason.


*************2013 NFL DRAFT GRADES************


1.14 Star Lotulelei, NT, Utah

This had to be the pick. He fills their biggest need, and he is a great value. He also has the experience and character that the Panthers love.

A

2.44 Kawaan Short, DT, Purdue

Star met his moon. Expect these guys to instantly plug the holes up while also taking some pressure off of the defensive ends. Short is also a great value here.


A

4.108 Edmund Kugbila, OG, Valdosta

4.148 A.J Klein, LB, Iowa State

6.182 Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon


OVERALL GRADE: C-

This is a clean and safe draft, which is exactly what this team needs to change. You can't have (possibly) the most naturally talented player in the NFL in Cam Newton, and then continue to draft him nothing. The team had only five picks in the draft and drafted two defensive tackles (likely one starter), a backup linebacker, a backup guard and a 3rd string RB. 

This team needs to realize that they will not start to put together a team until they build a team around their only star player.
 
 
 
 *************2012 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 

1.9 Luke Kuechly, MLB, Boston College

This is another one that I nailed in my final mock. Everyone knew that he would be a top-12 pick, which often means that he will go a bit earlier than most expect. Kuechly will step in instantly and become the leader of the defense.

B+

2.40 Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State

If you watch his tape, then you would see why people loved Silatolu. But you also have to realize that they essentially were taking on high school teams. You have to love his potential though.

B

4.103 Frank Alexander, DE, Oklahoma

No complaints here. The team got an extra pass rusher in good range.

B

4.104 Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas

The Panthers had to make the move, because the Vikings may have gobbled him up as their third Arkansas receiver in the round. With that said, I like the team adding weapons for Cammy Cam.

B

5.143 John Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina

Now this is what you call quality. Norman is a small school guy that could have gone in the third, and he could see the field a lot next year. He'll also be happy that he won't have to move far, which could motivate him even more.

6.207 Brad Nortman, P, Wisconsin

7.216 DJ Campbell, S Cal


 
OVERALL GRADE: B

This is an interesting draft for the Panthers. They got good value on almost every pick, they got another guy that will help lead the defense, and they got guys that will all impact the field soon. In terms of starters they may have only found 2-4 for next year, and it's not a bad draft for a team that is growing. If they are looking to be a contender in 2012 I wouldn't love it, but for a 2013 contender it is just fine.


 
*************2011 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 

 Picks

1:1 Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn

I actually love this pick. The old organization never committed themselves to Jimmy Clausen, and because of it he never could have succeeded on the team. Hopefully they trade him for something to a team that will fall in love with him.

Draft Maven was the first website to have Newton going 1st overall back in late November, and he stuck there until the end. He is everything that the 'black quarterbacks' have been the last 10 years, except that he truly wants to win and isn't out for a pay day. AJ Green would have been the only other worthy pick here, and it still would have been a reach because the team wouldn't have a quarterback to utilize him (see Smith, Steve)

A

3:65 Terrell McClain, DT, USF

The team probably would have actually taken Marcell Dareus if they had passed on Newton. Well they address the DT position with this pick and get decent value.

B

3:97 Sione Fua, DT, Stanford

Some will say "why take two of the same position" but I actually am fine with the pick. The team needed two upgrades at defensive tackle, and fixing this hole will make the defensive ends better.

B

4:98 Brandon Hogan, CB, West Virginia

An instinct athlete, but a fine value.

B-

5:132 Kealoha Pilares, WR

Some people hate this pick, but for a 5th rounder I don't mind it. Pilares could turn into a day one slot starter for the team, and his athleticism fits the team well.

C+

6:166 Lawrence Wilson, OLB, UConn

There are a lot of people that saw Wilson as a third or fourth pick, so a 6th rounder is a great value.

B+

6:203 Zach Williams, OG, Washington State

 A little early for Williams, but a huge need gets touched on.

C

7:244 Lee Ziemba, OT/G, Auburn

 I was actually mildly surprised that Ziemba lasted this long, and I think he will be a starter at guard when it is all said and done for the team. 

A

Draft Grade: B+

The team had a ton of injuries last year. Instead of starting from scratch at every position it looks as if they are starting over with a new quarterback, and then starting to fill the holes that were never any good. I do wish that the team would have built just a few more weapons around Newton going forward, but there are so many questions on offense that if everyone came back the team would have been ok.

 NEW GRADE: B 

I don't think the Panthers will be able to compete in 2011, so with all my heart I hope the team slowly brings Cam Newton along. The team still needs to find stability just about everywhere, but there is definitely nothing much to really hate about this draft. 

 

Buffalo Bills

April 30, 2011
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1.19 Shaq Lawson, DE/LB, Clemson

Sure! The Bills add pass rush depth, hit a need, and got a great value.

A+

2.41 Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama

Great pick. Ragland should not have been available here, and he instantly makes the Bills run game so much better.

3.80 Adolphus Washington, DE/DT, Ohio State

Another very good pick. The Bills are crushing it defensively.

OVERALL GRADE: B+

A very good draft overall. The Bills defense got some nasty workers to help push the division.

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2.50 Ronald Darby, CB, FSU

He can play, but the Bills don't need a corner.

B-

3.81 John Miller, OG, Louisville

They needed some extra depth, but they reached a ton for Miller who was maybe a 5th rounder.

C-

5.155 Karlos Williams, RB, FSU

6.188 Tony Steward, OLB, Clemson

6.194 Nick O'Leary, TE, FSU

7.234 Dezmin Lewis, WR, Central Ark

OVERALL GRADE: D-

Yuck. They lose points for not having a 1st rounder, but they walk away with depth at guard and corner. I won't knock them much for not getting a QB(I still would have taken a shot on a guy instead of a guard in round 3), but this team did not get better from this draft.
 

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1.4 Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

The Bills need to figure some stuff out. I love getting your young QB a weapon, but Sammy Watkins was not a top-5 WR like AJ Green and Calvin Johnson. He benefited from a great college offense, and most of his highlights are of players missing tackles on him.

With that said, he was not worth two first round picks. The Bills paid a 9th pick this year, and probably a top-10 pick next year for him. I like getting weapons, but this was not the way to do it.

F+

2.44 Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

Much better. Kouandjio is too talented to have been here.

A

3.73 Preston Brown, LB, Louisville

I get it, but there were better guys on the board.

B-

4.109 Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke

5.153 Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor

7.221 Randell Johnson, LB, FAU

7.237 Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami


OVERALL GRADE:A/D

If the team had not traded their next two drafts away for Sammy Watkins, then this draft could have been an A, but that was not the case. They actually got amazing value on three offensive linemen that could all start. 


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1.16 E.J. Manuel, QB, FSU

And the first QB taken is.... EJ Manuel? The Bills have taken two first round quarterbacks since Jim Kelly, and one of them was J.P Losman. This team has consistently passed over quarterbacks year after year, and they finally take one of them in one of the worst QB draft classes ever. Oh, and they took the guy that most people had 3rd or 4th in their QB rankings.

This team just does not understand how to properly build a team, and while I do like Manuel, they took the overhyped guy that is a project. Luckily they picked up a 2nd rounder to move back.

D+

2.41 Robert Woods, WR, USC

Robert Woods won't win an MVP award, but he will be a top notch player in terms on consistency. Decent overall pick.

B

2.46 Kiko Alonso, MLB, Oregon

It's hard to hate this pick since he was free, but the team reached on Alonso here. I think that they could have gotten him a little later or traded back a smidge, but he does add good depth (and was free).

C+

 3.78 Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas

The Bill got a track star who also plays football. If they can find away to turn him into a football player that also does track and field then they could have a steal.

B+

4.105 Duke Williams, S, Nevada

5.143 Jonathan Meeks, S, Clemson


6.177 Dustin Hopkins, K, FSU

7.222 Chris Gragg, TE, Arkansas


OVERALL GRADE: B*

What a strange draft. The team touched on almost every need they needed in the draft while adding tools on both sides. The value wasn't great on really any of the picks, but the team actually tried to create a team. This is the kind of team that finds a way to sneak into the playoffs in a couple of years just because of the random tools and pieces that they possess.
 
 
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1.10 Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

The Bills are too predictable. They really like to draft guys that they bring in, and Reiff & Floyd weren't on the list. The team is also notorious for taking defensive backs in the first round too recently. 


B

2.41 Cordy Glenn, OG/T, Georgia

Wow. The Bills sat back and got a top-25 worthy guard prospect to plug in. He also had RT potential which is even better for the Bills.

A

3.69 T.J Graham, WR, NC State

The Bills traded a late round pick to move up and draft 5th (ish) round prospect TJ Graham who was a deep sleeper for some people. The team had other, better options out there.

D
 
4.105 Nigel Bradham, OLB, FSU

The Bills needed some linebacker depth, and they got a decent value here with Bradham.

B

4.124 Ron Brooks, CB, LSU

Ron Brooks is a guy that knows his place. He knew that he wasn't a pure stud in college, but he knows that he was the third best corner on a team that has been flooded with first round talent as of late.

B

5.144 Zebrie Sanders, OT, FSU

Sanders is one of two very talented FSU guys that just didn't hit their potential in 2012. He could be a steal here.

5.147 Tank Carder, MLB/OLB, TCU

Carder is another guy with top-100 potential and he could definitely be a solid player for a long while.

B

6.178 Mark Asper, OG, Oregon

7. 251 John Potter, K, Western Michigan



OVERALL GRADE: B  
 
The Bills landed quite a bit of value in this draft, but they may have only landed two starters and a ton of depth. This is another one of those drafts where you wonder if it was preparing them for 2013, or whether they think it will put them over the edge in 2012.


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 Picks

1:3 Marcell Dareus, DE/DT/NT, Alabama

If the team wasn't going to take a QB, then they picked the guy that fills their biggest need with the pick. Still not a QB though.

B+

2:34 Aaron Williams, CB/S, Texas

The Bills didn't have a high need for a CB or a safety, but I think they convinced themselves that passing on Patrick Peterson created a need. Ok value, but he might not start on day one

C+

3:68 Kelvin Sheppard, MLB, LSU

Sheppard is a very good middle linebacker, and a good value for the 3rd round.

B

4:100 Da'Norris Searcy, DB, UNC

I didn't think the team needed another DB in the draft, and the value on Searcy here from all accounts was awful.

D 


4:122 Chris Hairston, OT, Clemson

I think the team would have been better off taking Hairston 100th and Searcy 122nd, but too late. Hariston here is a good player, good value, and he hits a good need for the team.

B+
 
5:133 Johnny White, RB, UNC

As Todd McShay said as he was making love to White via analysis, "White will instantly help as a pass catching back, and he will instantly help in the return game." Did the team cut C.J. Spiller? Why would a team take a less talented version of Spiller when they need a number of other things?

6:169 Chris White, OLB, Mississippi State

The team needed an OLB, but they needed one a long time ago in this draft. 

D

7:206 Justin Rogers, CB, Richmond

The third DB taken on a team that didn't absolutely need one.

F

7:245 Michael Jasper, OG, Bethel

Like I said for other teams, I won't hate on a 7th round pick if it has some thought.

B

Draft Grade D


Defense wins championships. Unfortunately Ryan Fitzpatrick does not. This team is not going to win until they find a worthy quarterback, and they need to find legitimate weapons and protection for him. The team found two different defensive backs before they found a pass rusher or offensive lineman, and the team drafted a less talented version of CJ Spiller. I see 1-4 starters from this class, and I'm not sold that this team has any idea how bad they draft. The team has no pass rush, they have no great rushers, and their quarterback isn't any good. Looks like the Bills will be my projected 1st overall pick for the third year in a row next year.

NEW GRADE: D

If you look at the Bills draft strategy the past few years it would look like they run a 2-0-9 defense with all of the DB that they draft. The team needs to realize that if they fix the front seven the crop of DB will shine. I just don't get how a team that needs a QB, some depth at WR/TE, and some OT depth would consistently ignore trying to fix it.  

 

Baltimore Ravens

April 30, 2011
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1.6 Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

I am going to judge this pick ignoring the Tunsil situation because the Ravens had Stanley higher on their board. 

Why? The Ravens were gifted the 6th pick in the draft- Just look at what the Titans paid to get to 8! So what do they do? They take the 2nd best OT in the draft. Eh.They do fill a nasty need though

B-

2.42 Kamalei Correa

3.70 Bronson Kaufusi

OVERALL GRADE: A

A VERY VERY good draft from the Ravens. They walked out with three potential starters early, and FIVE possible starters (and steals) out of the 4th round.

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1.26 Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF

They could have picked the 15th best receiver here and I would have still given it a passing grade. The team's receivers going into the draft were 407-year old Steve Smith and Marlon Brown. Barf.

A

2.55 Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota

Awesome pick. He can't block, but he instantly becomes a huge receiving threat for the team.

A

3.90 Carl Davis, DE/DT, Iowa

Davis isn't elite, but he is a steal here for them. 

A

4.122 Za'Darius Smith, DE/LB

4.125 Buck Allen, RB, USC

4.136 Tray Walker, CB, Texas Southern

5.171 Nick Boyle, TE, Delaware

5.176 Robert Myers, OG, Tenn State

6.204 Darren Waller, WR, Georgia Tech

OVERALL GRADE: A

When you can pick late in a round and walk away with the best tight end, the 4th best receiver, and mid-round steals on your defensive line then it is hard to not love it. They get two day one starters and FIVE other guys that will contribute right away. That is unheard of from playoff teams.



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1.17 CJ Mosley, MLB, Alabama

Good pick. It isn't a sexy one, but he is a great player with a good skillset.

B+

2.48 Timmy Jernigan, DT, FSU

Jernigan has a ton of potential, but should not have been sitting at pick 48.

A

3.79 Terrence Brooks, S, FSU

The Ravens needed safety help and got some good value here.

B+

3.99 Crockett Gilmore, TE, Colorado State

Gilmore was not a top-100 pick, but tight ends went early which forced positional value.

C

4.134 Brent Urban, DT, Virginia

4.138 Lorenzo Talioferro, RB, Coastal Carolina

5.175 John Urschel, G, Penn State

6.194 Keith Wenning, QB, Ball State

7.218 Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest


OVERALL GRADE: B

I like all of the front level picks for the team. They got good value, and filled some needs. With that said, I do wish that the team would have looked at the offense just a little bit more.

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1.32 Matt Elam, S, Florida

This ended up being one of the easiest picks to predict in the draft. He filled a need, he went to a big name school, and he has the experience to start sooner than later.

B

2.56 Arthur Brown, LB, KSU

Brown could have gone here at the end of the first, so getting him here is great. He is a clean, safe linebacker pick that should see some good playing time.

B+

3.94 Brandon Williams, DE/DT, Missouri Southern State

Williams was arguably the best small school guy in the draft, and they could have gotten a great steal of a pick here. 

B+

4.129 John Simon, DE/DT/LB, Ohio State

4.130 Kyle Juszczyk, FB, Harvard


5.168 Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin

6.200 Kapron Lewis-Moore, DE, Notre Dame

6.203 Ryan Jensen, OT, CSU-Pueblo

7.238 Aaron Mellette, WR, Elon

7.247 Marc Anthony, WR, Cal


OVERALL GRADE: B-

I don't get the love for this draft. The team lost so many weapons this off season that they had to get about four impact starters in this draft. I think that they got 3, but I wish that they had parlayed the 400 picks into some better talents.
  


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2.35 Courtney Upshaw, DE/LB, Alabama

The Ravens got a very early 4th rounder to fall back a few picks, and they still wound up with a steal. The team got value to end up with their best possible pick, so why not love it?

A

2.60 Kelechi Osemele, OG/T, Iowa State

I love Osemele. I actually think he would be ok at right tackle, but he will more likely make his money at guard. Overall a very good value.

B+

3.84 Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple

The team had to give up a pick to get him, but I actually like the Pierce pick. Bernard Pierce is a guy that did nothing but win games for Temple over the last few years. He is a perfect guy for the team.

B+
 
4.98 Gino Gradkowski, OG/C, Delaware

Outside of his family history, this pick is a bit high. The team needed some extra help, and they may think he can become their center in the future, but there were better options out there.

C

4.130 Christian Thompson, S, South Carolina State

Ok, who the hell put Gene Smith in charge on day 3? A second reach on small school talent.

C

5.169 Asa Jackson, CB, Cal Poly

Ok, someone needs to stop Gene Smith immediately.

C

6.198 Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami

Whew. I was getting scared there for a minute. The team nailed on a tall speedster with too much potential to be here on the board.

A+

7.236 DeAngelo Tyson, DE/DT, Georgia


OVERALL GRADE: B

I loved day one and two for the Ravens. They got potential starters on both sides of the ball, and they got a big powerful rusher in Bernard Pierce. I wasn't in love with the day three picks, but those picks aren't important to nail.

  



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Picks

1:27 Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

Jimmy Smith is the best pure corner in the draft (not prospect), and for a team to get him with the 27th pick is a steal and a half.

A

2:58 Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland


Another steal. Smith is probably the safest of the 2nd round receivers, and he loves going up and after the ball.

A

3:85 Jah Reid, OT, UCF

I said back in February that Reid would be a great 6th round sleeper because he had the athleticism (but nowhere close to technique) to start on day one. I don't love him this early, but many people do like him here, and he does fill a need.

B

4:123 Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana

Doss was a little overrated by the media this offseason, but getting him with this pick was a huge value for the Ravens. Another great pick.

A

5:164 Chykie Brown, CB, Texas

I can't complain too much about this pick. The value is there, but the third Texas corner might not be the best overall pick outside of special teams. The team also does add more value to their CB corps.


 
5:165 Pernell McPhee, DE, Mississippi State

McPhee should have gone a little earlier, so the value is there, but I'm not sold that McPhee is the perfect rush LB prospect for the team.
 
6:180 Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech

Tyrod Taylor's draft stock was mostly a marketing thing, but that's not a bad thing. Taylor is an ok decision maker from a goofy offense, but a 6th round pick for him is fine value.

B
 
7:225 Anthony Allen, RB, Georgia Tech

A fine 7th round push at running back. Nothing special, but nothing that will harm the team.

B

Draft Grade A

The team had a need a corner and they steal one. They needed a receiver and stole one. They also needed an OT and got one with a lot of potential. They then steal another receiver and get some other talents at great value. The team addressed three of their biggest needs, and they really addressed both sides of the passing game. Sure the team could have touched on a few other spots, but I could see this draft winning the team more games.

NEW GRADE: A

When the Ravens step on the field this year, I really think they might be the most improved team from this draft class. They found so much help to solidify both sides of the field, and they found insurance options for the future.